Friends of Pakati – what do we do for 2020?

Pakati Primary Head Mr Mahachi speaking today, with Alderman Maliki (blue shirt, to his right)

Today, Thursday 28th November, two of Pakati Secondary school staff were invited to the Primary school to witness a key annual meeting – the Budgetting Plan for 2020. A similar event is due at the Secondary next week.

Pakati Primary Head Mr Mahachi was joined by the local councillor Alderman Israel Maliki to address the members of the local community who were in attendance.

Pakati local community members attended the meeting

The meeting covered a variety of issues regarding school finances, and there eas concern regarding the economic problems currently besetting Zimbabwe.

I remember talking to Mr Mahachi in September, and he told me there was a budget in last years plan to buy IT equipment, but as fees raised had not met expectations, that meant other priorities were met before IT.

September 2019, computers arrived at Pakati

Following the success of this project to provide a limited number of computers to both Pakati schools, the next concern relevant to FriendsofPakati would naturally be two-fold: 1) provide more computers if possible, and 2) connecting the schools to the internet.

This raises important questions:

What should FriendsofPakati do to help?

Which should the priority be – more computers or internet connection?

Could we do both?

How can we fundraise to help Pakati schools?

What FriendsofPakati needs now are ideas, suggestions, offers of help in whatever way possible. Please let us know your thoughts – to contact us see contacts page at the top of this home page.

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.

4 thoughts on “Friends of Pakati – what do we do for 2020?

  1. Good question you raised in the blog.
    I think it is best to add more computers at first then install internet when there is an increased number of computers so that it is easier for most of the pupils to gain access.

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    1. Hello good people!though i respect your suggestions would like to view it from a different angle,text books have become a scarce resource and unaffordable @ the moment..So with the few computers we have its better we connect to internet first and source a printer so that we can print our own books from the internet.on that meeting i was told by the school head that @ present each class have just 5 text books being shared by the teachers and an average of 55 if not 60 pupils,a very sad senario indeed.

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  2. Hello good people!though i respect your suggestions would like to view it from a different angle,text books have become a scarce resource and unaffordable @ the moment..So with the few computers we have its better we connect to internet first and source a printer so that we can print our own books from the internet.on that meeting i was told by the school head that @ present each class have just 5 text books being shared by the teachers and an average of 55 if not 60 pupils,a very sad senario indeed.

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  3. How are you all. My opinion is that if both can not be managed, preference should be connecting to the internet, more computers can be added with time while the present ones are being fully utilised

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