Final Delivery of Booklets – Pakati and Chanetsa Secondary schools

Saturday 4th July 2020 marked the end of our joint venture with VaTonatsa Foundation, seeing the O Level (GCSE) booklets produced and delivered to the two remaing schools. Some masks were also provided, according to Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa Foundation…“Tine ma mask atichakupai 😷 !” (There are some masks which we will share with those present, some are branded, others plain). Pakati Secondary and its sister school Chanetsa Secondary finally received their packs, and this blog celebrates that delivery.

During the previous week, Vari and her team managed to ensure the production of the booklets was completed in time for the pre-arranged delivery on the Saturday. Here is what happened at the two schools in picture form:

Vari Mayez is seen with Yvonne Ncube-Zulu, Trustee of VaTonatsa, buying bread & fruit for the school Heads and SDC members. They collected Councillor Israel Maliki from his home, before setting up first at Pakati Secondary.

In the pictures can be seen Mr Mugove Chifaka, Head of Pakati Secondary in the white shirt, along with Mrs Darangwa, SDC member wearing blue, and local youth leader Mr Z Kandikita in the red shirt. Councillir Maliki once more is seen wearing the football scarf I gave him last year, for the Iron (Scunthorpe United). Some of the masks donated are shown being worn.

Mr Chifaka had this to say about the delivery of the booklets:

“On behalf of Pakati Secondary school, l thank Friends of Pakati and Vatonatsa Foundation for their work in favour of Ward 14 learners. The examinations books they prepared for us will be of great use to the learners and will prepare them for their final examinations.

Today we received the the books which contain examination questions for all the subjects offered by Pakati and Chanetsa secondary schools. These books are very important for for the learners’ revision and examination practice.

I also thank the teachers who privided the soft copies and Vatonatsa Foundation and Chris Walker (for Friends of Pakati) who filled the gaps of some examination papers that had not been submitted.

Thank you Alderman Maliki for your assistance and support. We promise that the books will be kept safely to benefit other future learners. May God bless Friends of Pakati and Vatonatsa Foundation by giving them more streangth to continue their invaluable work.”

From Pakati, the next stop was Chanetsa Secondary school.

In the pictures at Chanetsa can be seen the Head, Mr Mawedze (black jacket), Mrs M Panwandiwa, SDC member (long pink dress), and other SDC members.

Ina speech given by Mr Mawedze at the event, he said among other things, that “….it is still a young school, but with the hard work of the teachers across Form 1 to Form 4, they are excelling academically. These booklets will help us maintain that success during these difficult times. We are very happy to receive them, and thank the efforts of those behind it all, particularly VaTonatsa Foundation, Friends of Pakati and Councillor Maliki”.

All in all, another wonderful day, where Friends of Pakati is delighted to have been associated with VaTonatsa Foundation, and appreciate all of their efforts and those of the Councillor in bringing the venture to a successful conclusion.

I will post a blog soon on the back story, in some detail, with more pictures and information. In addition, I have more to post about my personal recollections still to come.


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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