Power to Pakati…..

It is true that the electricity supply in Zimbabwe can be described as erratic. During my stay, power would be off during the day most days (although that was improving before I left). This meant it was going go be a challenge for both Pakati schools once the computers were in place.

Mr Chifaka and Mr Walker

During my discussions with the Head of the Secondary school, Mr Chifaka, he told me that at both Primary and Secondary schools they had a solution: both have Solar power. He showed me the set up at Pakati Secondary during my recent visit.

Mr Chifaka showing me around the solar power system at Pakati Secondary school

The resulting supply proved more than enough to power the 4 PCs and a laptop, with a similar set-up at the Primary doing likewise there.

Mr Chifaka overseeing the setting up of IT equipment at
Pakati Secondary school

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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