A couple of things….holidays and Breaking News

School looks a little deserted right now….as it is the end of the winter term. All students have gone home to return on 9th September.

During the break the teachers usually have a rota for staying at the school over the holidays, for a mixture of reasons: one being security, the other particularly relevant – additional lessons specifically for the students sitting exams next term – Form 2 for ZJC (Zimbabwe Junior Certificate) and Form 4 for GCSE/O Levels.

I can remember enjoying that time at the school, very quiet and relaxed, with students attending by choice and keen to benefit from extra revision. We covered topics which the students chose, ones they struggled with. We covered past papers too, helping with exam techniques. The informal atmosphere made it a pleasure to be doing something to help them.

Also offers a chance to have a look around the area…


I have just this evening seen an email from my home town football club and supporter of this project, Scunthorpe United….

Next Saturday, shortly before kick-off of the game between us -the Iron – and Crawley Town, the Chairman Mr Peter Swann is going to make a superb donation to friendsofpakati.com living up to the promise he made in April, after several of us walked from Bradford to Scunthorpe (around 57 miles/75km), to match whatever we had raised. I expect it to be around £1400 – 1500 by next saturday. Full story and pictures soon afterwards!


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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