A Kenyan teacher named Peter Tabichi has won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. With this, he is going home with the US $1 million money prize.
The Mathematics and Physics teacher at little known Keriko Secondary School in Nakuru County in the East African nation was on Sunday, 24th March announced winner at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
EduCeleb.com reports that with his emergence, Mr Mokaya is the first African to win the prize.
His full name is Peter Tabichi Mokaya and he had earlier been announced among the top ten finalists of the international teachers’ award.
Mokaya and other finalists were selected from a list of more than 10,000 other applicants from 179 countries across the globe.
Launched five years ago, the $1 million worth Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize is the largest prize of its kind in the world.
The winner is chosen annually by the Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.
The dutiful teacher, is popularly known for donating 80 percent of his monthly salary to the less privileged.
Mokaya hopes to use the prize money to promote and expand the talent-nurturing club, the Science Club and Inter-School Science Project Competitions as well as put up a computer laboratory with internet connectivity in the school.