Touring the US and the UK this autumn, Global Teacher Prize Winner 2019 Peter Tabichi set out his Science Challenge to those in power to support STEM learning in Africa.
The Kenyan maths and physics teacher’s whirlwind tour of the United States began by discussing his Science Challenge with President Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. Peter then met with leaders of the World Bank, was granted the honour of opening the US Congress with a prayer, and spoke at the United Nations in New York.
In Silicon Valley, Peter met with tech giants including Google, Facebook and Cisco. He asked them to support science learning to help Africa’s youth solve the vast, urgent problems on their own doorstep.
As well as making an appearance on Fox News, Peter’s outreach to some of the world’s most powerful people was hailed across the African press.
Peter then flew to the UK where he visited the National STEM Learning Centre at York University, gave a lecture at the Institute of Education, and visited London’s Science Museum to discuss how to engage young people with STEM alongside some of the UK’s leading science teachers. Later that week, he met with Schools Minister Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, and held a conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon, British educator, historian, and author, in front of an audience at the Royal Over-Seas League.
On a school visit covered by the Evening Standard, Peter addressed an assembly of 230 pupils at Nelson Primary School in Barking. Peter’s visit, which coincided with World Teachers’ Day, was celebrated in the media as he appeared on Sky News Sunrise and was featured in The Independent and mentioned on the BBC Newsround website. He concluded his trip with a keynote address at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, in celebration of World Teachers Day.
Peter’s visit to the US followed a successful tour across Latin America in July where he was welcomed by teachers, students, Franciscan brothers, public officials, ministers, governors, the President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, and the First Lady of Argentina, Juliana Awada. Peter’s visit was covered by major news outlets across the country including in Brazil an interview with 2019 Top 10 finalist Débora Garofalo on Globo TV’s Fantástico.