Peter Tabichi

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Peter Tabichi
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OccupationScience teacher
AwardsGlobal Teacher Prize (2019)

Peter Mokaya Tabichi (born 1982) is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. He is the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.

Early life and education[edit]

Tabichi was born in rural Kenya.[1] He said he was inspired to become a teacher because of his family, "I admired the impact they had in the society, and wanted to better their script".[2] He started his teaching career in a private school.[2]


Tabichi is a Franciscan friar. He joined the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in 2016, where he teaches maths and physics.[3] The school is a semi-arid village in Rift valley province, a region impacted by famine and drought.[4][5] Tabichi donates 80% of his salary to supporting pupils in the Pwani Village.[6] The school population is made up of seven different tribes, with around 95% of students living in poverty and one third live with only one parent.[7] Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School only has one computer, intermittent access to the internet and a student-teacher ratio of 58:1.[7][8][9] Tabichi launched the Talent Nurturing Club, which has dramatically improved attendance.[7] He also established a peace club, uniting representatives who have been involved with violence.[10] He engages with local communities; teaching residents how to grow crops that can resist famine.[10] Tabichi and his students work on renewable energy and devices which can support people with disabilities.[8] Under Tabichi's influence, his students have reached the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.[10][11][12] In only a couple of years, Tabichi has doubled the number of students attending university.[11]

In 2019 Tabichi was awarded the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.[7][13][14][15][16] The award receives over 10,000 nominations.[17] Tabichi travelled on an aeroplane for the first time to collect the prize in Dubai.[17] He was presented the prize from Hugh Jackman, and congratulated by Uhuru Kenyatta:[18]

"Peter – your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent. Your students have shown that they can compete amongst the best in the world in science, technology and all fields of human endeavour.”[19]

On winning the prize, Tabichi said;

"Africa will produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world. And girls will be a huge part of this story,"[20]

In April 2019, Tabichi was appointed as Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis.[21]


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