September 30, 2019…

This day last year was the culmination of everything I had worked for, the reason I started the project, the motivation for the sponsored walk and fundraising I did, all the publicity I generated, all the donations I was given. After the process of getting everything to the schools, and after the wonderful celebrations (see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/27/a-truly-amazing-day-at-pakati-12-months-on/ ), the reason behind it all was about today. This day in 2019. Today, we introduced students at Pakati Primary and Secondary schools to computers, donated by https://www.stephensonpersonalcare.com

Thanks to my host Bothwell Riside, the two Heads Mr Chifaka (Secondary) and Mr Mahachi (Primary) plus all staff at both schools, as well as the local councillor, Alderman Israel Maliki, we set about setting up the computers in both schools.

Setting up at Pakati

After a brief discusssion, Bothwell (a fully qualified and experienced IT teacher bimself) did an introductory lesson at both schools, with a handful of students. Below are some pictures, first 2 from the Secondary, next 2 from the Primary.

I was delighted to be mingling with staff and students at both schools, it brought back many happy memories for me. Here are a few pictures….

Also I met some old friends, one of whom I hadnt seen for nearly 30 years, plus some new ones too…

Next, we look at the sports donations

After all this, we also had the football tops/kits donated by https://www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk and some of their fans.

The first 3 pictures below were taken on the day, others were in February this year when the Primary school first had the chance to use them.

These last 3 pictures proved very popular back in February, when the were a part of this previous post – https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/17/pakati-primary-new-sports-tops-on-show-as-they-prepare-for-the-zonal-sports-competition/ – getting close to 900 views.

Ultimately, those few days back at Pakati and among the community, have been some of the most rewarding days I have had in recent years. I hope that we can have a similar experience in 12 months time…

For us to continue with the project, donating via http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati is a great way to help.

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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