Delivery of the Primary booklets!

Thursday 18th June.

Today there has been an exchange of messages between Vari Mayez of our collaboration colleagues, VaTonatsa Foundation, the Heads of the Secondary schools at Pakati and Chanetsa, Councillor Israel Maliki of Ward 14 in Murewa District, and with myself.

The latest news is that we are struggling to get suitable material for some of the O Level (GCSE) sublects, so it has been decided to split the Secondary booklets into Volumes 1 & 2, in order to get something to those learners as soon as possible. As we source the remaining subject material then the 2nd volume will be produced. This may change however if we can get it all together in time.

Friday 19th June

Below is a message from Vari following discussions by phone between us over two days:

“Good day Chris.

I am happy to confirm that our plans to visit the three Primary schools are set.

Our Itinerary is as below:

After consultation with all stakeholders We can now confirm the following:

1-We will be coming on Sunday 21 June and we pick Mr Maliki and proceed to the 3 schools :
▶️First stop is Pakati (ETA is 930am)
▶️Second stop is Chanetsa (ETA is 1100)
▶️ Last stop is Mapanga ETA is 1300
Then we conclude the trip.

In terms of representation I will be going plus Celia I once shared her in that picture if you recall.
My aunt is still here in Harare for treatment so her Deputy will receive for Mapanga.

Will share photos – am currently swamped!”

Saturday 20th June.

There are protocols to follow when things are donated, and as Friends of Pakati followed those protocols last year, it is courtesy we follow them again. Below is the letter produced by VaTonatsa Foundation to request acceptance on behalf of Pakati Primary: one was also produced for Chanetsa and Mapanga Primaries.

Sunday 21st June.

Vari Mayez on her way to Pakati Primary for the first delivery!

Delivery Day for the Primary schools! First stop – Pakati Primary…

In the pictures are Mr Mahachi, Headteacher, as well as Mr Chakanyuka (teacher) on his own, seated. Vari Mayez and Councillor Maliki are seen handing over booklets to some staff and students at Pakati Primary school.

This from Mr Mahachi: “…We wish to thank Friends of Pakati and the VaTonatsa Foundation for their consideration, especially during this time of the covid induced lockdown. They have truly shown they are our all weather friends. They have dedicated their time and resources to our cause. We shall be forever greatful. Their assistance will go a long way in mitigating against the effects of the lockdown to our 2020 candidates. We hope thee students will work hard to revise and read the study pack. We had opened a WhatsApp group to share ideas and give the grade 7 learners some homework during the lockdown but we realised just around half of the 78 candidates had access to smart phones and of that half only less than 10 learners were affording the mobile data. What it means is that just less than 10 learners were being assisted by the WhatsApp group. The intervention of the study pack makes information and learning material be accessible to all candidates. On behalf of Pakati Primary learners, staff and parents we are greatly thankful to this gesture, especially for those who masterminded the initiative and took their time to make sure that the idea materialised.”

Next, on to Chanetsa Primary…

Mr Kadzimu sent this message to Friends of Pakati and Vatonatsa Foundation – “…..the books arrived, about 70 of them. God bless you for your generosity this will go a long way in improving our passrate.”

Councillor Maliki can be seen along with Chanetsa Head Mr Kadzimu and Vari Mayez, plus Celia also of VaTonatsa, helping to distribute some melons as a snack.

Finally, to Mapanga Primary.

In the pictures can be seen Mr Vhuso (Deputy Head at Mapanga – yellow t-shirt) receiving the booklets from Vari Mayez. Also Headgirl Tanith Chatambudza is seen on her own with a booklet.

Headteacher Mrs Maenzanise sent us this message: “…I’m just overwhelmed by the noble gesture”.

All in all, it looks like a great day at all 3 schools! Sadly I was not able to be there to witness the handovers, but I am delighted that Vari and Councillor Maliki have visited the schools and overseen the donations. Thank you!👍


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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