School life under Covid-19 in Ward 14, Murewa

Schools across Zimbabwe are operating under new, different rules and protocols, thanks to the Corona virus outbreak around the world. Both Pakati schools have demonstrated how they are coping – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/29/schools-limited-return-fundraising-hit-again-by-covid19/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/15/pakati-primary-school-grade-7-students-returned-recently/ and now, we can see what is happening in another part of Ward 14, Murewa.

Mapanga Primary school – October 2020

A day in the life currently at Mapanga Primary school – thanks to the Head, Mrs Maenzanise, for the pictures and information..

As they arrive from home all learners are checked
-temperature
-they are also hand sanitized
All checked by a teacher on duty that very day.

They also keep one metre distance from each other. We have marked with black paint. Same inside their classrooms, they keep socially distanced. Every learner is expected to put on their mask.

They are using those booklets (provided in June by Friends of Pakati and VaTonatsa Foundation – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/06/21/delivery-of-the-primary-booklets/ ) during revision time, as it is cumbersome to write questions on the chalkboard. The books are very handy. We have asked them to bring them to school every day for revision purposes

At 1.00pm, all learners eat lunch which is prepared by two of the parents from the school. First, they wash/sanitise their hands.

Our menu is sadza (staple dish, made from maize) with

-Driesd fish (matemba)
-chunks from soya beans
-beans
All the above is mixed with green vegetables

This day they ate the dry fish (matemba) with vegetables

They feed in a nice rockery shaded area.

That’s today’s program. From learning, to feeding, and then home

I am hoping to add more about other schools in the Ward too, as well as details of how the other schools have been using their donated booklets.

Ongoing plans for Friends of Pakati…

• Moving towards charitable status – discussions underway with potential trustees, and advice being taken on the process of application

• Preparing the next blog posts from various contributors, including the donors of IT equipment from last year

• Another personal blog post under preparation too, about the Author’s time(s) in Africa

• Website is still developing, as I plan to add more pages to make it easier to find out about things like Developments in the local area, the individual Pakati schools, schools in the area, Joint venture(s), etc.

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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