Mr Tabichi went on to say he was "pleased, honoured and humbled" to be awarded the Global Teacher Prize.
"Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter".
Emotion ran high at the final ceremony at The Atlantis hotel in the city as Mr Tabichi dedicated the award to his father, who raised him after his mother died when he was just 11.
But interestingly, there is such a thing as the world's best teacher. "Great mentor and a staunch believer", Dennis Mainge, one of his students aptly described him.
Mr Peter Tabichi, a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village in Nakuru, a town 160km southeast of Nairobi, won the $1m prize on Sunday.
"At times, whenever I reflect on the challenges they face, I shed tears", he said of his students during his acceptance speech.
"The school is in a very remote area - most of the students come from very poor families, even affording breakfast is hard", he said in a statement released by the Global Teacher Prize.Читайте также: What Next? UK lawmakers torn on fate of Brexit, and May
Lastly, Tabichi must continue to teach or provide educational support to students for a period of five years after the awarding of the Prize.
For many of these children, who are sometimes unlikely to get enough food at home before attending their classes, and who grow up in a community wrestling with drugs, crime, teen pregnancies, and youth suicide, Tabichi's efforts have been literally life-changing, significantly boosting the school's numbers of pupils continuing on to university study. Tabichi already donates 80 percent of his teaching salary to local community projects, including his school, and the development of sustainable agriculture in Pwani Village.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman presented the award.
The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, said in a video message: "Peter, your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent".
That group's founder, Sunny Varkey, established the for-profit company GEMS Education, which operates 55 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Qatar.
The victor is selected by committees comprised of teachers, educational experts, journalists, officials, entrepreneurs, business leaders and scientists from around the world.
Tabichi, who is a member of the Roman Catholic brotherhood, wore a plain floor-length brown robe to receive the award and aims to use the money to improve the school and feed the poor, according to AP.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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