Peter Tabichi, 37

Teacher

My Story,

Leading by example

For Brother Peter Tabichi, the dream to have a society guided by a value system is a dream that drives him to sacrifice his life for the world.

The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner has made it his mission to go beyond what his role as a teacher calls for by uplifting the lives of others. He ranks helping people, seeing things work in the society and people understanding each other for a progressive world as his passion in life.

Having come from a poor background, and losing his mother early in life, finding solutions to challenges remains a priority to Tabichi.

Tabichi, who was inspired by his father, also a teacher, ranks having students from his emerge the best during the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair last year as one of his best achievements last year. This in addition to being awarded the top teacher in the world, being recognised by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and named by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme as the best patron mentoring students.

“We also had nine students qualifying for university last year, a first one in Keriko. This year we expect to have even more than that joining the university,” says the decorated science teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Nakuru. Tabichi went to Kerongo Primary School in Nyamira County before joining Nyansabakwa Secondary School then proceeding to Egerton University for a Bachelor of Education (Science) degree. He later undertook religious training as a brother in the Catholic Church.

Tabichi wants the next generation to have confidence in themselves and realise that they have the potential and the ability to change the world.

— Collins Omulo