MILESTONE: Peter Tabichi

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After being elected the best teacher in the world and winning the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, Peter Tabichi is now the first champion for children in conflicts and crisis for Education Cannot Wait, a global fund for education in crisis.

Mr Tabichi, who was picked from 10,000 nominations from 179 countries, was awarded for his contribution towards turning around the lives of children at his school – a majority of his pupils come from poor backgrounds thanks to frequent drought and famine in the region. 

The maths and science teacher at Keriko mixed day secondary, a school based in Pwani Village, Nakuru, will now have a bigger role, as he will be in charge of over 75 million children whose education is often disrupted by conflicts and civil wars across the world.

“Every child, everywhere in the world deserves the chance to fulfil their full potential. It is heart-breaking to know that 75 million children around the world see their educational chances disrupted by conflict and natural disasters. Education Cannot Wait is doing vital work to make sure these children are not left behind. It will be my great honour to help them ensure children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe are given their birth right; a decent education,” said Mr Tabichi.

As a result of his dedication, hard work and belief in his learners, he was able to help the poorly-resourced school to compete against the country’s top schools in terms of science and emerge victorious. He mentored the students to win first prize in the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair 2018. He also helped the school’s mathematical science team qualify to participate at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 in Arizona, USA. Additionally, Mr Tabichi would also part with a large portion of his salary to help most of the children in his school.

According to Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group, Tabichi is an inspiration to all involved in teaching and learning.