Schools re-opening, Road developments, New and updated pages and Part 2’s to come…

Firstly, Schools re-opening in Zimbabwe – Exam classes are re-starting at both Pakati Prinary and Secondary schools soon. There will be protocols in place to protect staff and students alike, see below:

A recent exchange of messages between myself and the Heads of the two Pakati schools is shown below:

“Good morning. Regarding the Questions you asked: Schools will open for exam classes, Cambridge (A levels) – 14 September and ZIMSEC (O levels and Grade 7) – 28 September. All teachers will be at school. There is a Covid 19 guide lines module prescribed by Education ministry in partnership with Health ministry (see image above). Other groups will subsequently come but there is no date yet. I think government and UNICEF will provide majority of PPEs, as yet we are still to know what exactly they will provide.

At the Secondary we are doing markings for individual desks (for social distancing). We are doing this as we wait for ministry’s assistance. We don’t know what we will get, but the schools are doing their best to meet the requirements.”

Secondly, there are some road improvements underway within Ward 14, into the area which includes the catchment area for Pakati schools:

First of all, let me thank the following people for their help in providing information, pictures, advice and/or contacts:

Alderman Israel Maliki (Councillor for Ward 14, Murewa), Mai Mapanga (Road Project Treasurer) and in particular, Oscar Bumhe (Chairman).

Full list of Committee members to be found withinthe following message I received from the Chairman, Oscar:

There are 2 areas of the road requiring special attention as identified by the Engineer. We require cement over 700bags of cement to fix these dilapidated areas. Our capacity to mobilize resources to this extent is now stretched to the limit. We have a fully fledged committee constituted as follows :

Oscar Bumhe – Chairman
Eileen Chinyuku – vice chairlady
Chris Gutsa- Treasurer
Petros Majonga-Secretary
Wiriranai Karimbika-logistics
Other comittee members:
Roderick Matemadombo (UK)
Succeed Chikuvire(UK)
Misheck Masango
Enock Matemadombo
Mrs Mapanga
Maxmos Bosha
Charles Jaji

We welcome any form of contribution that anyone can mobilize towards this communal initiative designed to improve the lives of the people of this community. Sky is the limit. We aim to further the development of our area resources permitting.

Thirdly, this website has been undergoing some changes, some additional pages to help readers who are interested in a particular topic, for example, Pakati Sports https://friendsofpakati.com/pakati-sports/ Fundraising and Actvities https://friendsofpakati.com/fundraising/ Pakati People https://friendsofpakati.com/meet-pakati-people-profiles-and-success-stories/ and the ongoing story ‘Outside Zim Borders https://friendsofpakati.com/outside-zim-borders-every-chapter-in-one-place/

We are creating others too, including everything about the Schools – classrooms, equipment, IT, lessons, etc., also local area developments – roads, joint ventures etc. If other things appear appropriate, we will create more pages.

Forthly and finally for this post, part 2’s. There are a number of Part 2’s being prepared for the blog, including Portia Nemaruru, Mr Mutyavaviri, and Pastor Aggie Fombo. In addition, our storyteller Pauline Machengo will bring us more about her tale of life as a foreigner in South Africa. The next chapter is about Capetown life she tells me, particularly for tourists.

Author:

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 spent the last 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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