The 2019 Global Teacher Award winner Peter Tabichi has joined African top tutors to address education among the poor during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brother Tabichi a Franciscan Brother is a teacher of Mathematics and Physics at Keriko Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru County.
He won Sh100 million prize for turning around the fortunes of poor students who went on to win prizes at national and international science and engineering fairs.
He was among 20 African Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize finalists who met virtually on Friday for the first time to address the challenges in a sector that has been ravaged by Covid-19.
“I was very proud to join the Varkey Foundation’s virtual summit on the future of education in light of coronavirus, Governments should find solutions to help children continue with education at home, especially for millions of learners across Africa who lack internet access. When the pandemic ends, governments must protect education budgets to ensure we do not lose the future to protect the present”said Brother Tabichi.
Other leading African teachers in the last six years who joined Brother Tabichi included South African history teacher Marjorie Brown, Tanzanian Science and Mathematics teacher Malima Chisumo, Sierra Leone’s Miriam Mason-Sesay, Ghana’s Sitsofe Anku who is a Mathematics teacher and Nigeria’s Itodo Anthony who teaches the virtues of justice.
“Lost school days should not turn into a lost generation,” said the teachers in a statement.
At the same time the teachers urged the African governments to increase free school feeding programmes and ensure there is a safe environment for teachers training pupils online.
The celebrated teachers urged governments to protect vulnerable teachers from the threat of Covid-19 when schools reopen.
Other solutions the teachers suggested include delivering quality remote education to children with focus on quality using the mass media.
They also called for a review of the current curricula and testing methods when schools reopen around the world.