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Kenyan Teacher From Remote Village Becomes First African To Win Global Teacher Prize

Every year, the Varkey Foundation awards the Global Teacher Prize. The $1 million prize is given to a teacher who has made an "outstanding contribution to the profession," anywhere in the world. The nomination process is open to anyone, and the Varkey Foundation makes its choice based on a variety of factors.

This year, the foundation chose Peter Tabichi, a math and physics teacher from Kenya—the first African educator to win the award!

Global Teacher Prize 2019 Top 10 Finalist - Peter Tabichi

Tabichi , who donates the majority of his salary back to his village where 90% of families live in poverty, is a shining example of the selflessness of teachers across the world.

Tabichi's win is an inspiring one for African educators all across the continent!

The teacher even got a shoutout from Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta:

Hugh Jackman, who used to be a gym teacher in England, also offered his congratulations:

Many Twitter users were thrilled that the award was given to Tabichi, recognizing his work in an area normally not represented by awards for education.

Acclaim for Tabichi's hard work came from all corners of the globe.

Twitter couldn't hold back its admiration for such a selfless and dedicated teacher.

Well done, Peter Tabichi! You've surely inspired many great teachers of the future to follow in your footsteps.