Friends of Pakati – 2020 vision – this project continues

2019 saw me set up friendsofpakati.com and the important links http://Facebook.com/Friends-of-pakati http://Twitter.com/friendsofpakati friendsofpakati@gmail.com http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati to promote, publicise and raise funds for this project, and allowing interested parties to contact us.

Head of Pakati Secondary school, Mr Mugove Chifaka talking to the Author

Contributors have included the Heads of both Pakati schools, several of their staff members, current and former students of both schools – some of whom learned there during my time at Pakati, local community members, local politicians and organisations, people who have supported the project either by their actions or donations, friends old and new, and family of mine.

The original aim was to raise money to get IT equipment to Pakati, an aim at least partially realised thanks to a variety of individuals, and significant contributions from Stephenson Group, Scunthorpe United Football Club and Mortz Property Services, plus invaluable publicity from both BBC Radio Humberside and Scunthorpe Telegraph.

In recent posts friendsofpakati.com has stated this years priorities as getting internet to both schools, getting printers to both schools, security improvements, more computers. If possible, further help in the areas of textbooks, seating/desks and the classroom environment would be great if we can raise sufficient funds.

Fundraising is the key. What can be done? What events would be needed? What ideas can people come up with? Well….. I am in contact with a couple of friends who have suuggested some things…one from a fellow Scunthorpe United fan saying he would donate if we can get some fans to wear a shirt and tie to a selected away game – after seeing me in a tie in photos from Pakati in September at the event to celebrate the previous donation. I am looking at a suitable away game to choose then consult with supporters groups and individuals.

I am definitely open to more ideas about fundraising….please do use the contacts at the top of this post and let me know your suggestions. The football shirt sales are still ongoing I understand, some income due to come from my fellow Iron fan friend Simon. What else could we do?

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 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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