IT at Pakati – part 1 – the Primary school

This is the first instalment about IT at both Pakati schools, thanks to the donations by the Stephenson Group based in Leeds, to cash donations by Scunthorpe United and the many individual contributions via the http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati page.

Unwrapping all the goods at Pakari

With all the goods unwrapped and securely stored at the Secondary school until after the handover ceremony, they had been separated into what equipment was to go to which school.

The donations were eventually formally handed over to, and accepted by, the two Pakati schools

Next day, we delivered all the donated items which were chosen for the Primary school, including computers and sports equipment.

Mr Mahachi, Head of Pakati Primary school, with the author

Myself, Alderman Israel Maliki and Bothwell Riside then proceeded to help Primary school staff set up the equipment for their first use.

Getting the computers set up for the first time

Once set up, we asked the staff to gather some Grade 6 pupils for an impromptu initial trial lesson, given by Bothwell Riside. He demonstrated his teaching skills , thoroughly engaging the children in the lesson.

Following on from the demonstration lesson, at which the pupils began to learn about hardware, software and how to use keyboards, mouse and the monitors, the staff gathered around to hear advice about setting the equipment up themselves and secure storage. They warmly thanked everyone responsible for the donations, especially the Stephenson Group from Leeds.

Primary school staff with the author

Left to Right: Mr Mahachi, Mr Masamha, Mr Gonye Mr Mupaikwa, Mr Chakanyuka , Mrs Farirayi, Mrs Kupara, Mr Chorichi (with head only visible ), Mr Walker, Mrs Bvirakare, Mrs Mandingaisa, and Mr Kupara.

Primary school staff also thanked Scunthorpe United Football Club for their donation of football shirts – very gratefully received! Mr Mahachi, Head of Pakati Primary school said that “…these donations of computers and sports kits will help transform the lives of many of our students. We wish to record our thanks to all who donated to friendsofpakati for their contributions.”

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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