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Peter Tabichi, 36, a science teacher from rural Kenya, has won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize of $1m prize (£760,000) for the world's best teacher. As reported by BBC, Mr. Tabichi gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils. The Typical Student team learned more about Peter Tabichi.
Who Is 2019 Global Teacher Prize Winner?
Peter Tabichi is a member of the Franciscan religious order. Brother Tabichi "has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books." The majority of Tabichi's pupils come from disadvantaged families, some are orphans or have lost a parent. As a science teacher, he gives away 80% of his income to support deprived pupils at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru. He comments: "It's not all about money."
Why Is Peter Tabichi A Unique Educator?
In a competition run by the Varkey Foundation, Peter Tabichi has beat 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries. The educator is determined to give his students "a chance to learn about science and to raise their horizons." Tabichi's students have to face a lot of ordeals - from studying in overcrowded classes of up to 80 people to walking over four miles (6km) on bad roads to reach the school.
Brother Tabichi also has to adapt to the harsh condinions. Due to the lack of reliable internet connection, he often has to travel to a cyber-cafe to get ready for his science lessons and download resources.
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