Former Pakati students write….

Some of the students I taught have been in touch in the last few weeks. I am delighted with their responses to what I am trying to do for the schools, and humbled by the kind words about my time at Pakati.

“These are great memories for sure….I have not been to my school in a very long time. Thank you so much for bringing back those memories “, “…it was great being with you for a short time”, “meeting and talking to you was my furst encounter with a white man as for most Pakati students. I still wonder how you managed to deal with us in a Maths lesson”, “we were so proud to have our poor school with a murungu (white person) teaching us maths” Lorraine Mapuranga

“…why did you leave teaching? You were a good teacher”, Munyarzdzi Chadenga

“Your effort especially as far as Pakati is concerned is highly appreciated” Moses Chadenga

I have also had messages of support from Anyway Chinyanya, Isdore Chatereza, Loveness Bhasvi, Baba Chiroodza, Matthew Marimo, and other people I taught, plus many from before & after my time – Nickson Munemo Dzimzuta, Caroline Simon, Bothwell Riside, Maceline Gandanhamo, Mike Mandishaika, Bernard Chamunorwa, Salinma Machika….there are many more of those too…plus ex-colleague Mr Nyamauya, his daughter Cynthia and Charntigne Samakomva great granddaughter of my Head at Pakati Mr Dominic Samakomva.

Not forgetting current members of staff including tbe Head & Deputy.

Thank you everyone.

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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