Peter Tabichi from Kenya, who was named World’s Best Teacher earlier this year, has met US President Donald Trump at the White House ahead of a speech he is giving at the UN General Assembly.
Brother Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize in March.
He teaches science at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Kenya’s Nakuru county, located 188km (116 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi.
A picture of their meeting in the Oval Office was posted on Twitter by the White House press secretary, who said Brother Tabichi gave “away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor in his home country of Kenya”
“His 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.”
Brother Tabichi is expected to recite a prayer before the General Assembly opens in New York later on Tuesday, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports.
He is also due to give brief remarks on how he made it to the top in the teaching profession.
The teacher is quoted as saying:
“This is 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.”