Peter Tabichi, the Kenyan science teacher who won the US$1 million(100million) Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 has been appointed as the first “Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis” for Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in crisis.
The math and physics teacher will now be in charge of over 75 million children whose education is often disrupted by conflicts and civil wars across the world. He will join actors Will Smith and Rachel Brosnahan who are advocates for Education Cannot Wait’s cause.
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and Chairperson of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group, called Bro Tabichi an “inspiration”.
Tabichi said it’s an honour to serve children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe. He was more than exited to land the position.
“It will be my great honour to help those children facing numerous challenges and ensure their lives and rights are protected so that they can have an equal opportunity to get education and transform the world,” he said.
Tabichi, 36, has been a teacher for 12 years. He was was praised for giving away 80 percent of his monthly salary to help poor students in his school.
He started a talent-nurturing club and expanded the school’s Science Club, helping pupils design research projects of such quality that 60 percent now qualify for national competitions.