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March 25, 2019

Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins global prize

World

March 25, 2019

LONDON: A science teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world’s best teacher, BBC News reported.

Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.Brother Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.

He wants pupils to see “science is the way to go” for their futures.The award, announced in a ceremony in Dubai, recognises the “exceptional” teacher’s commitment to pupils in a

remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley.

He gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils, at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru, who otherwise could not afford uniforms or books.The award, in a competition run by the Varkey Foundation, has seen him beating 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries.

But Brother Peter says there are “challenges with a lack of facilities” at the school, including not enough books or teachers.Classes meant to have 35 to 40 pupils are taught in groups of 70 or 80, which, he says, means overcrowded classrooms and problems for teachers.

The lack of a reliable internet connection means he has to travel to a cyber-cafe to download resources for his science lessons.And many of the pupils walk more than four miles (6km) on bad roads to reach the school.

But Brother Peter says he is determined to give them a chance to learn about science and to raise their horizons.His pupils have been successful in national and international science competitions, including an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.