Friends of Pakati – Review of the year 2020

Let us as Friends of Pakati, including the Heads of both Pakati schools, plus contributors and helpers behind the scenes, give all who follow, read, share our stories and support us, the warmest of greetings! The Author would also like to thank everyone of you, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2021. We have some great plans ahead to look out for…!

Earlier in the year I did a 6-month review, and here is the link to see what happened in the first half of 2020 with Friends of Pakati:

This post will therefore cover the months from July to December, where activities have been continued to be affected by the global Corona Virus pandemic. We begin with something we are particularly proud of, our first collaboration with a different organisation. This came about because of the pandemic.

JULY saw the Author reminiscing about his time at Pakati, including https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/13/pakati-memories-part-3-acting-head-and-beyond/ Also the completetion of the joint venture with VaTonatsa Foundation was celebrated here https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/11/joint-venture-back-story-and-responses/

Throughout the year we have had new profiles appear, here are some of the newer ones: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/18/saturday-star-former-pakati-student-fatimah-baye/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/08/14/weekend-star-juliet-valley-former-pakati-teacherhttps://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/25/portia-nemarurus-story-part-2/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/04/star-profile-former-pakati-student-oswell-israel-nadzo/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/09/midweek-star-mr-mutyavaviri-former-teacher-at-pakati-secondary-school-part-1/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/08/thursday-star-patience-chinhoyi-former-student-at-both-pakati-schools/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/24/pastor-aggie-jorambu-fombo-part-2-slightly-delayed/

Two of our regular contributors and behind-the-scenes supporters were both profiled once more, highlighting their moves from Pakati as students to adulthood and their current situations. Both links are here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/25/from-rural-girl-to-urban-woman/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/31/from-rural-student-to-international-teacher/

SEPTEMBER saw a reminder of the events which took place last year, as Friends of Pakati formally handed over the computers and sports eqiupment we had acquired for the two schools – see links below:

https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/26/looking-back-arriving-at-pakati-1-year-ago/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/27/a-truly-amazing-day-at-pakati-12-months-on/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/30/september-30-2019/

There have been a number of posts about the effects of Corona virus on Friendsof Pakati and the schools themselves. Here is the link to our page about the effects of Covid 19 on Pakati schools, and how Friends of Pakati reacted to it.

As we headed into the final 3 months of 2020, we looked at how schools were dealing with the limited return of students. The opened their doors on 28th September, and we published pictures and information from both Pakati schools, snd Mapanga Primary: see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/09/29/schools-limited-return-fundraising-hit-again-by-covid19/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/15/pakati-primary-school-grade-7-students-returned-recently/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/30/school-life-under-covid-19-in-ward-14-murewa/

Local area developments in Ward 14, Murewa, have also come to light this year. In particular, there has been road improvements, part of which goes deep into Ward 14. See https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/18/developments-in-ward-14-home-of-pakati-schools/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/11/20/ward-14-road-developments-latest-pictures-information/

A string of new pages have been added to the site, to help people find out more about specific things, such as fundraising, sports, schools histories, stories, profiles, corona virus, and joint ventures with partners. Merchandising and Charity status pages still to come. See https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/11/15/friends-of-pakati-website-update/

The Author has had a few things to say also….see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/04/a-few-words-from-the-author/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/10/11/statistics-i-did-teach-maths-remember/https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/11/01/a-little-about-the-authors-time-in-africa/

Merchandising and fundraising are progressing, and we are becoming a formal, registered charitable organisation. Friends of Pakati is about to enter its 3rd year of existence, looking forward to continuing to help the two Pakati schools.

New fundraising activities are being planned, new goods being produced for sale, and an update on the vision is being prepared for the coming changes to Friends of Pakati. I expect there will be new people to intoduce and many new stories to tell. All in all, an exciting year ahead is in prospect, with what is hoped to be another visit to Pakati in September/October. This time, the Author may not be alone when he comes….🤔

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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