IT at Pakati – part 2 – the Secondary school

This is the second instalment of the story of how IT arrived at Pakati. It begin with the a meeting in 2018 with the Head of the Secondary school, Mr Chifaka. As I sat in his office ww discussed developments at the school since I left in September 1991, most obvious being the new buildings – Admin block, new classrooms and more teachers houses. When I asked what developments he would wish to see, he said one word: Computers. That day this project was born.

The day our ideas came to fruition

There were 2 other significant things to come from those initial discussions for which Mr Chifaka must take credit – firstly. we should include the Primary school so in future, students moving up to Secondary will then have a basic knowledge of IT already, and secondly, we must follow local protocols and include local councillors, the Council themselves, plus the local MP along with villge elders and School Development Committees.

Handover ceremony for the local dignatories and school Heads

MP Honourable Jonah Sewera along with the CEO if Murewa Rural District Council, Alderman Israel Maliki, village elders and School Development Committee members ensure the Heads of the 2 schools can now set up and use the donated equipmemt.

All goods were unwrapped at the Secondary school

Following the ceremony we set up the computers at both schools. See below how it happened at the Secondary school.

Once fully set up, as with the Primary school, Mr Riside helped by running a brief basic IT lesson for a few Form 3 and 4 students.

Stephenson Group from Leeds donated much of the equipment now being used, and I learned recently they have more items to pass to friendsofpakati.com -possibly another 8 PCs to share with the two schools. A tremendous gesture by them everyone here at Pakati thinks.

Also welcomed by Head Mr Chifaka are the football jerseys donated by Scunthorpe United Football Club. He strongly believes these gifts will “…motivate our students to do well academically and in our sports competitions.”

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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