Authors Profile

Born: Scunthorpe, England

Trained: B. Ed. (Hons) Bradford College 1984-88, M. A. Development Studies, University of Leeds 1991-92

Specialist in Maths, also taught Development Studies and Science

Teacher at Pakati: 1989-90, Acting Head 1991

Teaching experience: Teacher of Maths and Development Studies, Mater Spei College, Francistown, Botswana 1995-97; Maths & Science teacher, Royd Mount Middle School, Bradford 1998-99; Maths Teacher (supply) Marshfields Primary School, Bradford 2005

Other experience: North of England Regional Representative, VSO 2000-2004; Civil Servant, Bradford 2005-present

Life at Pakati: for me it was a completely new environment, and I settled in well. I read more than ever, walked more than ever, no TV, usually radio. I enjoyed the challenges of life & work in a rural area, & made friends easily, without a doubt the most rewarding experience of my life. The students were the inspiration, coming from a very different background to my own privileged one, but they were always cheerful, helpful & generally hard working and wanting to improve their English by talking to me. The staff were friendly & supportive and helped me settle in by the warm welcome I recieved. I often wonder why I left…the hardest day was my last day there saying goodbye to the students…I could hardly speak.

If I wasn’t a teacher…I would have carried on doing different jobs & changing every 3 years or so…banking, accounts, shop worker, barman, etc.

Hobbies/interests: listening to all sorts of music including live shows, reading, current affairs, travelling, wildlife, meeting & getting on with people, social media & web-surfing, and following my home football team Scunthorpe United (the Iron)

Something nobody knows about me: when I was younger, I learned to play both piano and guitar (but I don’t play any more sadly)

Author:

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 spent the last 13 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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