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HONOURED: Peter Tabichi

A KENYAN science teacher, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world's best teacher, BBC Africa reports.

Brother Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, took home the top honour, winning the 2019 Global Teacher Prize and became the first African teacher to do so.

Referred to by many as an exceptional teacher, Tabichi also gives away 80% of his salary to support pupils at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru.

On winning the prize, Tabichi used his platform to celebrate the potential of Africa's youth.

"As a teacher working on the front line I have seen the promise of its young people - their curiosity, talent, their intelligence, their belief,” he said:

"Africa's young people will no longer be held back by low expectations. 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."

The award ceremony, which took place in Dubai, recognises teachers commitment to students each year.

Last year’s winner was art teacher Andria Zafirakou from north London and this year’s top 10 finalists included a Birmingham headteacher who is in the middle of a row about LGBT school lessons.

Tabichi beat out over 10,000 nominations from 179 countries to be awarded the coveted prize.

INSPIRING

Speaking to BBC Africa’s Sean Coughlan, the founder of the prize, Sunny Varkey, said he hopes 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".

"The thousands of nominations and applications we received from every corner of the planet is testimony to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives.”

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