A Tale of Two Primaries…part 1

Just recently I have heard from two of the Primary schools in Ward 14 of Murewa District. Namely Pakati and Mapanga, both with different items of news of interest to Friends of Pakati. In the next blog I will update you on the solar power and other developments at Mapanga.

First, we hear from Pakati Primary, courtesy of Mr Johannes Chorichi, regular provider of information & photos/videos of life at the school.

This year has been especially difficult for any school for many reasons. But Covid 19 has really put a strain on them, with new protocols & ways of working being implemented at short notice. One thing they have needed is more staff, and several have been posted there recently. Some are permanent staff, others are temporary teachers. Here are photos of several of the staff including newcomers and existing teachers:

Mr Muchena. Grade 6 teacher

Ms Manhando. Grade 2 teacher

Mai Mahachi. Grade 4 teacher

Ms Dangarembwa. ECD  teacher


Mr Mupayikwa, Grade 7 teacher

Ms Pazara. Grade 2 teacher


Among the staff also shown here are Mai Kupara (existing) ad Ms Nyamutsa (new permanent, Grade 1 teacher).

I hope the new staff are settling in well, and are made welcome by their colleagues and the community.

Winter is already there in Murewa, and Mr Chorichi tells me it is cold at Pakati this year. My own memories are that it never got below 0° at any time, though winter was noticably cooler, with quite strong winds occasionally, and a lot of cloud cover.


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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