It is heart-warming…..

…to me to start getting messages from the community in and around the Pakati area. I am getting a tremendous response from ex-Pakati students, some of whom are from the time I worked there. I will put together some of the things being said, and post them on here another day.

One particular person who has contacted me has been the former Deputy Head when I first joined the staff at Pakati, My Martin Nyamauya. It was Martin who I met on my first day, and he helped me settle in quickly, showing me around the school and the area, introducing me to people I needed to know. I have always remembered the kindness he showed me then and on many other occasions.

A former student, though not of my time, who is still active in supporting the school has also been messaging me, giving support & encouragement; Doc Bothwell Riside Nafema. Been saying some good things about the project.

To those who knew me either as their Maths teacher, Headmaster, or even both, and also any former colleagues, please do keep messaging me, and please pass the links on to others who may know the school – all links can be found by clicking on ‘Important Links’ at the head of the home page.

It is truly heartwarming to read what has been said about the school, staff who have worked there over the years, and about myself. I really appreciate your kind words, and I feel as humbled now as I did when I was there 30 years ago. Thank you.


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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