Friends of Pakati – hope for the future!

Pakati Secondary school, June 2021 on a Sunday morning

There are a number of things which are happening to give us hope for the future of Friends of Pakati. The increased publicity recently is proving to be effective, as we gain new funding and new partners including . We also have the invitation to the (slightly delayed) event – see now  planned for 7th August. There is scope to improve our situation, through networking, plus an opportunity to sell merchandise there, and raise some good funds for ourselves.

We are looking at changes to what we sell, as sadly our supplier for mugs, coasters and key rings has ceased trading. Thankfully our badge supplier is still operating, and I already have my eye on two or three potential new suppliers for replacements & new items. There is enough time to have things ready for the event. Apparently there is likely to be 200 attendees…

A previous event of ‘Appreciating Change Makers’

Our vision continues to be as follows:

  1. To advance the education of the pupils at Pakati Primary and Secondary schools in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the schools named. This can be in the areas such as IT and auxiliary equipment, internet access, and any such educational, sporting, and practical materials as the schools may need.
  2. Should funds permit, these facilities may be extended to the other schools in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, namely Chanetsa Primary and Secondary schools, plus Mapanga Primary school.
  3. Should funds permit, the awarding to such persons as deemed necessary, identified through consultation with both Pakati Primary and Secondary schools, Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, scholarships in the form of relevant school fees, uniforms, educational materials, and sports equipment as required by the schools named.
  4. To assist in such ways as the charity trustees think fit any charity or similar organisation active in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, whose aims include advancing education of persons attending the 5 schools named above in sections 1 & 2.

September 2019 – first ever IT lesson at Pakati Primary school.

It is also good to receive positive feedback for what we are trying to do – below is a comment from a Philip Jnr G today:

Good work Sir, I appreciate your efforts towards developing our community

I thank you.

It is my sincere wish for us to continue our project for some time to come. Onwards and Upwards for Friends of Pakati👍


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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