Kenyan Teacher Helps Lift Students Out of Poverty With Science


Peter Tabichi teaches science to schoolchildren in Keriko, Kenya, a region frequently blighted by drought and famine. His students come from very poor families, many having to go without adequate food at home. It's an often bleak landscape, and drug abuse, early school dropout and suicide are all too common.

According to UNESCO, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion in all of Africa; over one-fifth of children between the ages of 6 and 11 do not attend school. And Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, where Tabichi works, has all the typical problems afflicting schools in the region.

But Tabichi's love for his students, and for science itself, leaves him undaunted by these issues. And his fervent belief in his students’ talent has given Tabichi and his kids the courage to take on Kenya’s best schools in national science competitions. To read more about this remarkable man and his mission, read the recent article from IPS News.


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