17 May 2019

Kenya: Double Joy for Teacher Peter Tabichi As His Students Bag Top UN Award

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Students of Keriko Secondary School in Nakuru County welcoming their teacher Peter Mokaya Tabichi, who won the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize (file photo).

The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi's joys are far from over after his students bagged the UN Sustainable Development Goal Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Isef).

Esther Amimo Anyanzwa and Salome Njeri jointly won the prize money of Sh200,000.

"Incredible news from Phoenix, Arizona! @PeterTabichi's talented students Esther Amimo Anyanzwa and Salome Njeri from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, have received the UN Sustainable Development Goal Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair!" read a tweet by Global Teacher prize.

The two students created a device that helps the visually impaired and deaf learners do mathematics.

Last week, the Ministry of Education announced that ten students from different high schools in Kenya were to participate in the project.

The schools that participated included Keriko Day School, Mary Hill Girls and Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj School.

Teacher Tabichi, who recently won Sh100 million after being voted the best teacher in the world, wished his students all the best in the competition.

"Proud of my students Esther and Salome for being selected among the 10 finalists who are representing Kenya in the Intel ISEF being held in Phoenix (USA) this week.," he posted on Twitter.

"Such participation boosts innovations as well as improve performance of STEM subjects. Wishing them all the best," he added.

The competition brought nearly 2,000 student scientists from more than 80 countries.

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