….is not yet quite back to normal, as this blog post explains. Read on!
Head Teacher Mr Mugove Chifaka and Deputy Head Mrs Tinashe Pindura have sent me the following pictures and information, made easier by the recent restoration of both power supplies to the school (see recent posts https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/03/30/power-to-pakati-update/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/01/electricity-fully-restored/ ). My thanks to them both for help in bringing their school to the attention of the world.
The Zimbabwean Government have provided hand washing buckets (see pictures above and below), sufficient supplies of sanitiser, and of disinfectant. This allows staff and students to maintain good hand hygene, and thus feel more ssfe when at school.
This also from Head Teacher Mr Chifaka on Wednesday 31st March: “I and some teachers got our first jabs of vaccine today when the health officials came.”
Deputy Head Mrs Pindura: “I can say we are all happy we managed to open schools, though the threat of Covid still frightens us.
We are definitely making use of the booklets you helped to provide for our exam clssses (see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/11/joint-venture-back-story-and-responses/ for more information).
The Covid regulations haven’t relaxed yet in terms of sports in schools. We still await the Ministry’s position, but for now I don’t see us doing sports anytime soon. Once classes are done we send them home.”
So, still some difficult tines ahead for the two Pakati schools, but there is definitely a sense of relief that they are back open. Schools like these across Zimbabwe face many challenges, yet the dedication of staff and students alike to education is praiseworrhy indeed. Friends of Pakati will continue to help these two schools as long as there are people and companies gwnerous enough to support our efforts. Please give what you can, either in cash or in kind – contact us if you can offer goods or practical help firstname.lastname@example.org and/or donate to http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati or http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati