January Highlights!

Last month saw the relaunch of Friends of Pakati, with a number of things going on. Below are the key moments from January 2020:

● Memories from the Author from 1990, and talks about things which have not really changed….

Pakati signboard in 1990

● Return of a regular contributor to her home, and visited her former school for the first time since 1992

Lorraine returns for the first time in over 25 years

● The Author reveals his fundraising secret for this year, one of several initatives to raise money for our key priorities in 2020

End of week 2 of my challenge

● Pakati Primary school returns after the Christmas/New Year holidays along with schools across Zimbabwe

Grade 5 students return to class

● Updates on the Authors challenge, activities and donations to the Http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati fundraising page

View from part of the Author’s walking around Bradford

● ‘Meanwhile at Pakati Secondary school’ showing students during a break in studying

Break time at Pakati Secondary

● A reminder of this years activities and why they are needed…plus the next fundraising event now planned – ‘Get TIED UP for Pakati’👔

● Pre-event training for the Zonal athletics for students of Pakati Secondary school

● Pakati schools having returned for their first term of 2020, bring out their computers donated in 2019

● Zonal athletics competition held at St Pauls Sports Grounds, Musami

Pakati Secondary Deputy Head Mrs Pindura was the cheif recorder for the event

Confirmed – 6 gold medals won by Pakati students, with 7 students going forward to the District competitions – details to follow. Also, Primary schools Zonal competitions are due at the end of February, again more details to be provided in the coming days according to Mr Mahachi, Head of Pakati Primary school.


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 have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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