Franciscan brother and teacher, Peter Mokaya Tabichi has been selected among the 6 finalists announced for the 2022 Commonwealth Education Awards.
Tabichi is among the 6 finalists selected by an independent panel of 6 judges for the category of Commonwealth outstanding teacher or school leader.
The Commonwealth Secretariat revealed the names of the 6 finalists at a virtual ceremony on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), currently underway at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.
The awards, launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2005, recognise and celebrate promising and innovative programmes, projects, and people that have made a positive impact on the education sector on students, their teachers, or their education system across the Commonwealth.
The finalists were drawn from a list that features inspirational educators and innovative projects ranging from those that aim to promote literacy among women and tackle youth unemployment, to those that empower teachers and academics, and promote peace education.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said they recognised the power to lift people out of poverty, support innovations and prepare future generations with skills and tools to face challenges with
“Today we recognise education’s power to lift people out of poverty, support innovation and arm future generations with the skills and tools they need to respond to our emerging challenges,” Scotland said.
“The Commonwealth’s Education Awards for Good Practice not only recognise and reward those who have, often through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, created innovative and effective solutions to education challenges, but they also provide a space for discovery and opportunity to uncover and share methods, strategies, and tools that could help transform education across the Commonwealth.”
She congratulated the finalists for their commitment to excellence in education and everyone else who submitted their projects.
“I would like to congratulate every individual, group, or organisation that took the time to submit their projects and, of course, our finalists for their commitment to excellence in education and for helping us give this gift of innovation and solutions to our 54 countries,” Scotland said.
The head of Social Policy Development at the Commonwealth Secretariat Layne Robinson also thanked the individuals who submitted their entries and congratulated the finalists.
He said this year’s finalists have all made incredible contributions to the education systems across the Commonwealth that will have an impact for many decades to come.
“Thank you once again to all who submitted their entries and a huge congratulations to the finalists. This year’s finalists have all made incredible contributions to the education systems across the Commonwealth that will have an impact for many decades to come,” Layne said.
He also revealed that the judging panel faced a tough decision this year, and they were excited to showcase the innovation of the exceptional leaders in education.
Layne also noted that the Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted learning at every level in every region and Commonwealth country.
“The awards are being presented virtually as we recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely disrupted learning at every level in every region and country in the Commonwealth. This timely topic is currently being debated by education ministers and stakeholders at the Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting,” Layne said.
This year, a record number of entries 2,462 entries from 32 countries were received, of which 640 met the submission criteria.
The many examples of excellence, resilience, talent and innovation in the many submissions received highly impressed the judges.
The following is the full list of finalists and the categories they were selected:
- Rethinking Education for Innovation CM Rise by Peepul - INDIA
- Rethinking Education for Work Educate! - UGANDA
- Rethinking Education for Sustainability Development Alternatives (DA) through the TARA Akshar Programme - INDIA
- Education as Pathways to Peace Positive Youths Africa (PYA) through the Afrogiveness Centre Project - CAMEROON
- Education for Inclusion Girl Child Network (GCN) through No One Out (NOO) - KENYA
- Commonwealth outstanding teacher or school leader Peter Mokaya Tabichi - KENYA