The Kenyan teacher awarded recently for his dedication to work and helping his students has met U.S President Donald Trump.
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher is also due to speak at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
A picture of Trump and Tabichi’s meeting in the Oval Office was posted on Twitter by the White House press secretary.
Stephanie Grisham said Tabichi’s “dedication, hard work, and belief in his students’ talent has led his poorly resourced school in Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions. Peter, you inspire us all! Thank you for your commitment to your students.”
This morning, President @realDonaldTrump met with Peter Tabichi, the recipient of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize! Peter is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor in his home country of Kenya. pic.twitter.com/SS9b7IATNC
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 16, 2019
Tabichi said about his appearance at the UN that it was “a big honour for St Franciscan brothers. It shows that the UN recognises our order as it plays a key role in the development of humanity.”
The journey to the top
Tabichi who is a basic school teacher in Pwani Village, Nakuru in Kenya became a global icon this year.
For years he dedicated his teaching career to helping the less privileged in the communities where he teaches.
The science teacher gives away 80% of his monthly salary to support pupils who lack uniforms and books.
He currently teaches at the at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru and is relentless in helping needy pupils.
Most of the pupils Tabichi supports are orphans or are unable to find their parents.
Tabichi who is a member of the Franciscan religious order in March was awarded the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.
The $1million prize is to help him promote the study of science in Kenya and across Africa.
Tabichi won the award which was a competition run by the Varkey Foundation. He beat 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries.