I am Peter Tabichi, a science teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary, teaching children who struggle to learn in a semi-arid, rural and resource constrained environment in Pwani village, Nakuru - Kenya. Many of them are orphans who have grown up in poverty and walk for a distance of up to 7Km to school on a daily basis. Many more come to school with their bellies empty, their hand-to-mouth lives made all the harder by the ravages of drought and climate change.
Driven by the belief that 'it is in giving that we receive' and passion to give them the best mentorship through collaborating with other teachers / local members, I am determined to continue dedicating my time, energy, money and giftedness in empowering these children using STEM approach. I strongly believe that they have amazing potential and talents irrespective of their low self-esteem and backgrounds. That is why I engage them in activities such as Science Fairs in order to develop their level of creativity, teamwork, respect and resilience. I have come to learn that students really want to study once they understand what it can offer them. In fact, they can transform the world positively, if they are given an opportunity to do so.
Girls have also increasingly played an important part in this story. For example, two of my girls worked hard and managed to overcome the challenges to represent our school, the country and even Africa in one of the largest Science Fairs in the world: https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/39740-teacher-tabichis-students-bag-un-gold-award-us
. Previously, two of my girls had also won a national Science Fair after inventing a device that produces electricity using sisal juice as an electrolyte: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001255805/high-school-students-invent-cell-powered-by-plant-extract
My aim is to empower more children especially girls through strengthening the STEM club in my school, local community and even beyond. Many students have joined the club. In the year 2019, my goal is to fully support the winning STEM projects such as those of Esther, Salome, Teresia and Hannah. This will involve patenting their innovations, acquisition of appropriate materials/requirements, integrating ICT, fine tuning / further improvement on the projects, close mentorship and identifying appropriate forums that will enable them to share their great ideas with other children/institutions. Please join me in turning their dreams into a reality. Peace and love.