St. Francis of Assisi established the Franciscan order based on voluntary poverty and service. Peter Tabichi, a humble Kenyan village teacher, is the perfect friar of this order. He stopped local warfare, taught villagers to survive by growing drought-resistant crops, and most important, is an inspiring teacher whose students have won prizes and, despite their origins as village kids, have done great at university.
Now, he has been recognised as the best teacher in the world. He was awarded one million dollars, which he will spend to the benefit of his local community.
Human nature ain’t so bad after all, right?
Copyright for the pic is by the Varkey Foundation, which awards the annual prize.