Mr Peter Tabichi, centre, being declared the 2019 Global Teacher Prize Award Winner.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a congratulatory message to Mr Peter Tabichi; the winner of the prestigious Global Teacher Prize Award. Mr Tabichi defeated nine other finalists to win the award in a ceremony held at the Varkey Foundation’s head quarter in Dubai on Sunday 24th March, 2019.

Here is the President’s message;

“On behalf of all Kenyans, let me congratulate you (Mr Tabichi) on winning the Global Teacher Prize for this year. You are a shining example of what the human spirit can achieve not just for Kenya, not just for Africa, but for the World. Peter, you chose to teach in a remote part of Kenya; Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School. And you chose to transform lives in such situations; a choice that Am sure was difficult.

You give me faith that Africa’s best days are ahead of us. And your story will light the way for all future generations. Your Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum your support for the teaching profession and your continued patronage of the global teacher prize is changing the lives of many teachers and children around the world.

I also recognize the contribution of Mr Varkey, the Varkey foundation and all those who have made this celebration possible; your commitment to Education throughout the world is commendable.

To all finalists and to each and every dedicated teacher around the World, let me say, the future of our planet, the future of our young people is in your hands. And we will support you in achieving this noble goal. Congratulations to all and especially to you Peter. Thank you.”

The 1 million US dollar award from the Varkey Foundation is presented annually to an outstanding teacher who has made an exceptional contribution to his/ her duties.