Another Kenyan teacher nominated for the Ksh.100M global teacher award


Another Kenyan teacher nominated for the Ksh.100M global teacher award
Changamwe Secondary students Winnie John and Mercy Mwende and their teacher Linah Anyango when they were finalists in a science fair last year. Ms Anyango has been nominated for a global teacher award. Photo: Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The Ksh.100M prize money by the Varkey Foundation-the most prestigious in the world-was won by Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan, last year.
  • Ms Anyango has been lauded for starting a music club at her school that helped students from diverse backgrounds open up more and respect each other's different culture.
  • The decorated teacher also started a science, technology, engineering and mathematics club at the school which trains students on coding and web-development.

Linah Anyango, a Chemistry and Biology teacher at the Changamwe Secondary School has been shortlisted from 12,000 nominations for the Global Teacher Award.

The Ksh.100M prize money by the Varkey Foundation-the most prestigious in the world-was won by Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan, last year.

Ms Anyango has been lauded for starting a music club at her school that helped students from diverse backgrounds open up more and respect each other’s different culture.

The club which participates in the annual music festivals has, over time, promoted peaceful co-existence and reduced radicalization significantly.

The decorated teacher also started a science, technology, engineering and mathematics club at the school which trains students on coding and web-development.

Speaking to the Daily Nation, Ms Anyango said in 2017, before the club was started, there were no girls taking a physics class.

Currently, there are 22 girls in the physics class who also participate in science fairs and symposiums.

In 2019, a female student from the school emerged the best in the country at the National Science Fair.

The award which is in its sixth year seeks to award and recognize teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching profession.

This year’s award has attracted entries from 140 countries with over 12,000 teachers from across the world gunning for the accolade and prize money.

Ms Anyango was previously hand-picked by Microsoft as a Microsoft educator expert and trainer.

She has trained over 200 teachers on ICT infusion and represented Kenya at the Eskom Fair in South Africa.

Peter Tabichi who won the prize last year told the Daily Nation he is proud that another Kenyan has been nominated for the prize.

“Ms Anyango is doing an incredible job and I wish her all the best,” He said

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