Collaboration – a progress report

Friends of Pakati and VaTonatsa Foundation are currently co-operating in an initiative to help 274 students at 5 schools in Ward 14, Murewa, supporting exam class students during the current lockdown. Full details can be seen in a recent blog post on here – and other previous posts.

From Vari Mayez (founder, VaTonatsa Foundation) came the following information and photos showing some of the behind-the-scenes activities. with colleagues at VaTonatsa working on the material provided to help the 3 Primary schools of Chanetsa, Mapanga and of course Pakati.

Chiedza, one of the volunteers at VaTonatsa Foundation, is seen above editing and preparing the Primary/Grade 7 booklets online.

From Vari -“These are the papers as per google drive shared from Mr Mahachi (Head, Pakati Primary school). There are mixed papers, so we are copying and pasting to a new word document so that they follow sequence, as in grouping all agriculture papers together and the same for all other modules”

“As you can see the papers are mixed. The screenshot is of the email sent by Mr Mahachi with the papers”

Here is the front cover of the booklets being produced for Grade 7/Primary school students. Looks great!

Vari can be seen beginning to print the papers for the Primary schools.

One of the papers being printed is for Grade 7 Maths. There are many pages being printed and sorted, ready to go for binding later today.

Here is the Spinal Binding machine which the booklets will be completed on, and an example of how they should look when completed.

Above is the front page headline of today’s Herald, Zimbabwe’s main national daily newspaper. It gives us the impetus to get the work done as soon as possible, as schools are set to return in 3 weeks time for all exam year groups.

All the above work is for the 3 Primary schools listed – Chanetsa, Mapanga and Pakati. Also happening is the work on Secondary school material for both Chanetsa and Pakati. I got the following message from Mr Chifaka (Head of Pakati Sec) this morning:

“Hi Chris. Have been in touch with Vari and I sent her the first lot of exams which are :
English paper 1 & 2
History paper 1 & 2
Heritage studies 1
Maths paper 1
I will set Commerce 2
I am working hard to mobilise for the outstanding papers, as many teachers are not yet around.”

Vari of VaTonatsa is also looking online to see if any of the gaps can be filled in easily to speed up production of the material for the Secondary schools.

More details and pictures of the work on material for Secondary schools, including delivery to the schools, will come in a future blog post.

Above are some if the people associated with VaTonatsa Foundation. Left to Right: 1- Vari Mayez . 2 – Mildred (next to Vari) is a Trustee and Legal Director, she is a lawyer by Profession. 3 – Celia will assist us to transport the packs to the schools. 4 – Mrs Maenzanise, Head of Mapanga Primary school. 5 – Chiedza Manhera, volunteer.

**Further news**

I have recently recieved Chapters 6 and 7 of Pauline Machengo’s extraordinary story ‘Outside Zim Borders’ currently being released exclusively here on Friends of Pakati. She has also included more photos, in Cape Town, to illustrate the story well. The chapters are being edited, and will be released before too long.


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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