A Kenyan science teacher from a remote village who gave away most of his earnings to the poor and tutored students on the weekends won a $1 million prize on Sunday that honors one exceptional educator from around the world.
Peter Tabichi is a Maths and Physics teacher in the semi-arid village of Pwani where almost a third of children are orphans or have only one parent, and where drought and famine are frequent.
Peter, was selected out of 10,000 applicants for the Global Teacher Prize.
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Despite the grave obstacles Tabichi’s students face, he’s credited with helping many stay in school, qualify for international competitions in science and engineering and go on to college.
Not only was it Tabichi’s first time on an airplane coming to Dubai, but he was awarded during a ceremony hosted by actor Hugh Jackman. Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was on hand to present the prize.
In his acceptance speech, Tabichi said his mother died when he was just 11 years old, leaving his father, a primary school teacher, with the job of raising him and his siblings alone.