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Drawing inspiration from Global Teacher Prize Peter Tabichi

Drawing inspiration from Global Teacher Prize Peter Tabichi

5 September 2019

Peter Tabichi, Global Teacher Prize winner of 2019, is visiting Cape Town this week to attend a number of events around the city.

Tabichi, a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor, won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 at a ceremony in March. The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

Tabichi is the first African recipient.

Western Cape Education Minister Debbie Schäfer engaged in a discussion with Tabichi on e-learning and how he was able to bring ICT into the classroom in an area where connectivity is not always stable and resources are limited.

He explained that he made use of available resources to make learning interesting for the learners. When he could not get data on his cellphone, he would travel far to an internet café over the weekend and download resources or images which he would then use in a PowerPoint presentation or document.

Watch the discussion with Minister Schafer below:

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Minister Schäfer said, “It is evident that Mr Tabichi is a passionate, committed teacher whose primary interest is the learners. He is inspirational and I look forward to our teachers who he will be engaging with, drawing from that inspiration.”

Brian Schreuder, Head of Department in the Western Cape, said that Mr Tabichi was well known in the Western Cape.

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”The Western Cape Education Department has drawn inspiration from the fact that Mr Tabichi has been successful and that he represents not only Kenya, but the whole African continent, in quality teaching for young kids, particularly in rural and poor environments.”

At a function last night Peter Tabichi was awarded the Premier’s Certificate of Commendation for Global Recognition as the first African Teacher to be awarded the Global Teacher Prize for his outstanding contribution in advancing education in Africa and the World.

Watch a more in depth discussion between Brian Schreuder and Peter Tabichi below: