Peter Tabichi |
2019 CSEdCon Keynote Speaker
Peter Tabichi is the 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner. Peter is a Kenyan mathematics and science teacher and also a Franciscan Brother who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. His dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students' talent has led his poorly-resourced school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national and international science competitions.
Peter teaches at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, situated in a remote, semi-arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Here, students from a host of diverse cultures and religions learn in poorly equipped classrooms.
In addition to his work at Keriko School, in response to the ethnic violence that engulfed Kenya earlier this decade, Peter established a Peace Club that brought people in his local communities together, and in addition, given the famine and climatic conditions of the province he is in, he has set up a programme to teach local farmers about drought resistant crops, as a way of tackling food insecurity issues.
Since winning the Global Teacher Prize, Peter has been lauded by Heads of Government, Education & NGO Leaders and has been invited to meet Pope Francis. At an African Union conference, President Kenyatta hailed Peter as the solution to fighting corruption and putting Kenya on the path to equitable development. Gordon Brown, Chairman of UN body Education Cannot Wait, has also appointed Peter as a Champion of Children in Conflict & Crisis.
Peter will address the full CSEdCon audience during the Thursday morning plenary, September 12.