Before schools close…

As confirmed in the blog just recently posted, I was told late yesterday that schools across Zimbabwe are due to close early, on Tuesday 24th March 2020, until further notice.

However, things were still happening at many schools before that time – see the pictures and information provided today by Mr Mahachi, Head of Pakati Primary school.

The Primary school has been holding lessons as normal, and holding impromptu staff meetings too.

IT lessons covering basic, introductory instructions have been given to some of the younger learners today.

I dont know for sure if it is due to lack of equipment, but the young learners sitting outside are writing in the sand in the school yard.

Pakati schools will close on Tuesday, but I intend to keep the blog going and the fundraising going too, using stories old and new, guest contributors, discussions on possible future project collaborations, and reminding readers of why this project is important. Schools being closed for now does not mean they dont need the things we would like to provide. They will need our support in place before they re-open, and long afterwards too.


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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