Jacque Kahura

Jacque Kahura, a primary school teacher in Kenya is a finalist in the Global teacher Prize. Jacque who is a the founder of LIBA (Lifting The Barriers), an organization that seeks to create a better learning environment for children, especially those living with disabilities, and holds a masters Degree in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London thanks to a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Jacque is a passionate teacher who lays great emphasis on interactivity, learning in small groups and field trips to raise her students’ environmental awareness and community service. Jacque’s innovative techniques have seen her student perform better than their peers in other schools.

Jacque, who sits on the Kilifi County Education board also serves on the board of two secondary schools. She has been reaching out to other teachers- through letters and conferences- encouraging them to share to share best practices get additional training and motivating each other to stay in the teaching profession despite its challenges.

She has also given talks to students on the importance of education for personal success. Through LIBA, Jacque has been running initiatives that provide developmental and academic support to pupils in her community, such as the provision of school furniture, uniforms and sanitary facilities to HIV-related coaching, weekend and holiday tuition, job-readiness training and introducing the wider community to cultural diversity.

If awarded the Prize, Which comes with a monetary prize,Jacque would use the funds to expand the impact of the LIBA organisation and establish programs to improve the qualifications of teachers and school leaders in Kilifi County. She would also create a Teachers and Students Development Centre that provides access to teaching resources and computers with internet connection.

The Global Teacher Prize was launched by the The Varkey Foundation. The aim of the prize celebrate the best teachers around the world, those who inspire their students and the communities around them; with a focus on uplifting valuable contribution that teachers make to establish a flourishing global society.

The Global Teacher Award seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, and peace. The winner of the prize will be announced in Dubai on the 15th of March 2015, at the Global Education and Skills Forum.

Information on Jacque is sourced from here.