Pakati schools returning -update

Pakati schools are situated in the rural areas some 60-odd miles outside of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. They serve a hard-working community of subsistence farmers.

As schools across Zimbabwe re-open on 15th March for exam year classes, and a week later for all others, it is clear that both Pakati schools are in desparate need of help. That can be in many different ways – see further down for what you can do to help.

While that is also true of very many other similar schools in Zimbabwe, our focus here is on the schools the Author has a close personal connection to. We will further try to assist 3 neighbouring schools if funds permit.

The students themselves are keen to do well for themselves, their families and their comminity. Their parents sacrifice a great deal to send their children to school, and deserve to have as good a level of education as any in Zimbabwe – or anywhere in the world for that matter.

Having taught there myself over 30 years ago, while I appreciate the developments I saw in 2018, I would love to see so much more. I am immensely proud to have been Acting Head for two terms at Pakati Secindary school in 1991. Now I am raising funds to help acheive more developments, particularly in the provision of IT & internet facilities at both Pakati schools.

Here at Friends of Pakati we are looking for any help we can get, be it donations of money donations of IT and/or school equipment, or of expertise in publicity & social media.

We also have items for sale – see for full details.

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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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