A mix of news and things to come…

Pakati Secondary school, September 2019

The friendsofpakati blog and website congratulates all those who have had their exam results recently! Without giving any specific details, I am aware that at least one of the Form 4 students at Pakati Secondary school from 2019 has been successful in their exams, passing across all subjects, and several have done well enough to go forward to study A Levels. Full results are to be discussed at the forthcoming AGM at the school, once the official anaysis of results is released. Head teacher Mr Mugove Chifaka tells me he will have more information on this for the blog after the AGM.

The Author at Pakati, September 2019

This week has seen the Author have his 3rd week weigh-in at work ….and while not losing anything, no weight has been gained either…..still showing 108.6kg/17st. Hoping to raise more funds for the project, and so far since the last trip to Zimbabwe, in September/October 2019, £115 has been raised in donations! Thanks to all those who have donated👍

Latest weigh-in, 4th Feb 2020

Still to come in the not-too-distant future, I am promised the following contributions to the blog:

2 former students who are supporters of friendsofpakati are going to send us more individual insights into their very different lives since leaving Pakati….both have made regular contributions to this blog, and both are good friends with the author.

Chris, Lorraine and Bothwell

Pakati Primary school head Mr Mahachi has said to us that the staff will start to send more pictures and stories from the Primary, as they also prepare for athletics competitions against other local schools.

Mr Mahachi and the author at Pakati Primary school, Septembrr 2019

Still along way to go, and so many more stories to tell before the next visit to Pakati, hopefully in September of this year.

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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