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Kenya-based teacher Peter Tabichi conferred 2020 Ahimsa Award by Trustees of the Institute of Jainology in London.

Kenyan based teacher who was bestowed the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in 2019, has been granted the 2020 Ahimsa Award by the Trustees of the Institute of Jainology in London. 

The Institute of Jainlology (IOJ) embodies 32 UK-based Jain institutions in government and inter-religious matters and this year’s award was announced at the 18th Jain All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Ahimsa Day meeting in October.

The award celebrates the Jain principles of Ahimsa or non-violence, Kindness and compassion.

“He personifies peace, love and compassion in his work with both his students and his community, and truly represents the message of Ahimsa. We look forward to seeing his ongoing success as well as being a beacon for teachers and community leaders everywhere,” said IOJ Managing Trustee Dr Mehool Sanghrajka.

Mwalimu Tabichi is a maths and physics teacher from Pwani village in the poverty-stricken and frequently drought-hit region of Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

He was picked for this year’s credit for his effort in dramatically improving attendance at his learning institution, conquering levels of local violence and even teaching local communities how to produce crops that can withstand famine.

“That Jainology is all about non-violence and compassion, is very dear to my heart as a religious man,” said Tabichi. The Jain All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) promotes the principles of Jainism, with Ahimsa Day marked in the month of October to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.

The 2020 Ahimsa Day meeting took place online due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in London with members such as Labour Party MP Gareth Thomas, the chair of the Jain APPG, and Conservative Party MP Bob Blackman, its deputy chair attending the meeting.



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