Dubai: A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya’s Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers said yesterday.
Peter Tabichi, who organisers say gives away 80 per cent of his monthly income to the poor, received the prize at a ceremony on Saturday in Dubai hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman.
“Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter... This prize does not recognise me but recognises this great continent’s young people. I am only here because of what my students have achieved,” Tabichi said.
“This prize gives them a chance. It tells the world that they can do anything,” he added after beating nine finalists from around the world to claim the award.
The Dubai-based Varkey Foundation, which organises the event and handed out the prize, praised Tabichi’s “dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students’ talent”.