A day out for some students of Pakati

In July 2018, a group of 18 students along with Mr Mutyavaviri, Mr Kahuni & Mrs Pindura, had a day away from school. A packed itinerary included visits to a museum in Harare, a snake park, Kuimba Shiri (an aviary) and the Lion and Cheetah Park, a small zoo a few kilometres outside Harare on the Bulawayo road.

At the museum in Harare, July 2018
At the museum in Harare, July 2018

At the museum the students learned more about local history & archeology in Zimbabwe to support their usual classroom studies.

At the snake park, they learned about different breeds of snake, how they feed, how they behave in their normal state, and what happens if you provoke them. The students learned about areas of Zimbabwe and abroad where the various snakes can be found, plus self-preservation when confronted with a snake. A helpful lesson, as in the Pakati area they often see a snake called Nyamafingu, which is a type of cobra.

Next stop was the aviary, called Kuimba Shiri, where students saw & learned about some of the birds native to Zimbabwe.

Kuimba Shiri, July 2018
Kuimba Shiri, July 2018
Students listening to the tour guide

The students ended the day at the Lion & Cheetah park. The learning objective was to get the students acquainted with how the ecosystem works and about what the food chain is like in the wild.

Students enjoying themselves at the Lion and Cheetah Park
Mirriam Chizanga having her photo taken with a camel
Blessed Darangwa seeing a camel for the first time
A camel’s behind clearly of interest to Pakati students…

A great day out for staff & students!


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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