Kenyan Wins Best Teacher in the World, Receives $1 Million Prize

Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crowned today Peter Tabichi, a Math and Physics teacher from Kenya, with the award of the best teacher in the world.

Tabichi, won the prize money award of $1 million in the Global Teacher Prize ceremony that took place on Sunday at Atlantis, The Palm.

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Global Teacher Prize gala is an annual star-studded event in the UAE, where one outstanding educator is awarded $1 million (Dh3.7 million) for extraordinary work in their field.

The annual award by the Varkey Foundation honours teachers who have contributed immensely to their community, despite the many obstacles that stand in their way.

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Last year’s $1m award was bagged by UK arts and textiles teacher, Andria Zafirakou, who went out of her way to help students who come from the poorest families in Britain.

This year’s finalists are from India, Australia, the US, Kenya, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, the UK and Georgia. They were selected from over 10,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries around the world.

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