Uhuru gives Ksh.20M to winning teacher Tabichi’s school
President Uhuru Kenyatta has committed to donate Ksh.20 million to Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School for the expansion of infrastructure and to encourage students to undertake science subjects.
Speaking when he met teacher Peter Mokaya Tabichi at State House Nairobi on Friday, President Kenyatta said by winning the global award, the Kenyan teacher has demonstrated that commitment and integrity pays off.
“You have brought honour and pride to the people of Kenya and your win will raise the profile of the teaching profession,” said the President.
While expressing his gratitude to teacher Tabichi for winning this year’s Global Teacher Prize, President Kenyatta said the win will uplift the teaching profession in the country.
“This is just the beginning, you have become an inspiration and mentor to your colleagues so that they can also aspire to greatness,” said the President.
Mr. Tabichi, a Mathematics and Physics teacher was announced the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize on Sunday evening at a ceremony held in Dubai.
Mr. Tabichi, 36, was crowned the winner for dedicating his life to helping others. He gives 80% of his teaching salary to local community projects, including education, sustainable agriculture and peace-building.
During the award ceremony in Dubai, teacher Tabichi received glowing tributes from all over the world, with the founder of the prize, Sunny Varkey, expressing hope that Tabichi’s story: “will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over Kenya and throughout the world every day.”
At State House, President Kenyatta commended teacher Tabichi’s commitment and devotion to the work of educating the youth saying Kenyans should aspire to emulate virtues and qualities demonstrated by teacher Tabichi.
“Peter embodies the spirit and qualities that every Kenyan should aspire to,” said the President.
President Kenyatta further added that teacher Tabichi is a role model and an inspiration to society especially to fellow teachers and students.
Mr. Tabichi, who becomes the first African and male teacher to win the global award, emerged winner out of 10 finalists who were among 10,000 applicants for the award.
The Varkey Foundation’s prize comes with a US$1 million prize, which is equivalent to Ksh.100 million.
The money will however be paid in batches over a period of 10 years.
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