How are schools in Zimbabwe coping with Covid-19?

As yet, schools in Zimbabwe are still open until 2nd April, when it is due to close for end of term break up to 5th May.

Head of Mapanga Primary, Mrs Maenzanise welcomes students on a cloudy day

I wrote yesterday about schools in and around Pakati area (see for details), and I have received some pics & short videos from Mrs Maenzanise, Head of Mapanga Primaey school in Murewa Ward 14, showing how they are dealing with their young students in these difficult times.

Teachers at Mapanga are helping their young learners washing their hands, some being assigned to get water from the borehole.

Mapanga students are using whatever items can be found to be used as water containers.

Young learners at Mapanga being greeted by their teacher

Such activities are happening in schools across the country in order to try and prevent the transmission of the virus.


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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