Kenyan teacher from remote village named best in the world

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A teacher from a remote village in Kenya’s Rift Valley has won the Global Teacher Prize for 2019.

Peter Tabichi, who teaches maths and physics at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani village, won the $1 million prize at a ceremony in Dubai on Saturday and promised to give 80 percent of the prize money to poor students in the area.

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The Global Teacher Prize is run by the Dubai-based Varkey Foundation and this year’s ceremony was hosted by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman. Organisers of the event praised Mr Tabichi’s “dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students’ talent”.

The competition winner didn’t get carried away with the plaudits, though – instead, piling praise on his students and young people across Africa.

“Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter,” Tabachi said at the event. “This prize does not recognise me but recognises this great continent’s young people. I am only here because of what my students have achieved,” he added.

“This prize gives them a chance. It tells the world that they can do anything.”

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.