Kenyan Teacher Who Donated His Salary To Community Wins $1M Award

Written by Deja Monet March 24, 2019
Photo Credit: Citizen TV

A Kenyan teacher who gave away most of his salary to his community won a million dollar prize for his teaching at a school with limited resources.

According to the Associated Post, Peter Tabichi was awarded the Global Teacher Prize During a celebration at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai. The event honored teachers who were making a difference and was hosted by actor Hugh Jackman. Tabichi taught science at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. The school does not have a library or a computer lab. 

Tabichi donated about eighty percent of his salary for his students to purchase uniforms and textbooks since many of the students are orphans or live with a single parent. He says he will use his prize money to help improve the school’s condition and feed the poor. 

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Tabichi received the award from the Varkey Foundation, an organization that runs a for-profit company called GEMS and funds 55 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Qatar. The awardees are comprised of teachers, journalists, officials, business owners, and scientists.

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The science teacher also credited his father for raising him and his siblings as a single parent when their mother died.

Watch the video below to learn more about how this teacher gave back to his community!