Pakati News Updates

Today Friends of Pakati are providing updates including recent developments at the schools, our own merchandise/fundraising progress, and a hint of our future.

SECONDARY SCHOOL

One of the teachers who recently left Pakati Secondary was Mrs Pindura, teacher of English and Deputy Head. She has now been replaced, according to my source, by a Mr Mundozi.

Mr Mundozi has a visual impairment, so he is joined by his assistant, Ms Karomborombo, both seen in the above photo courtesy of Mrs Munatswa. A warm welcome to both from Friends of Pakati!

I am sorry to report that Mrs Pindura had been the victim of burglary in recent weeks, and as a result, has now moved to another school some 40-odd kilometers away. I am hoping she will settle in quickly, and give us a report on her progress soon.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

It is great to see Pakati Primary trying to improve the school environment for both staff & pupils.

Many thanks to Nickson Dzimauta for the pics and information below. Nickson can be seen in several photos wearing the red shirt.

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) block swen above is now completed, thanks to the local tradesmen involved in painting it inside & out.

The toilets for school staff we also redecorated, as part of the general improvements to the school exterior.

JOINT VENTURE

Our third joint venture with VaTonatsa Foundation has been to try & get some books & school materials for a number of schools in the area where both Pakati schools exist. So far we have had only limited success, but we are still promoting the venture as can be seen here https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/09/22/books-school-materials-still-needed-can-you-help/

MERCHANDISE & DONATIONS

So far we have sold just short of £320 worth of goods, and so far this year have received over £1120 in donations. We still have plenty of items available to buy, such as T-shirts, mugs, badges, coasters and key rings.

See our page https://friendsofpakati.com/merchandise/ for more details, but also see examples below:

 

 

FUTURE

Friends of Pakati is in the middle of a difficult period, which I will discuss in the next blog. The future may take us in new directions, into new collaborations. I hope we can move forward from our current struggles and help the two Pakati schools – and maybe other nearby schools too – with things like computers, books, materials, sports equipment, internet and many more things. But in order to succeed, we will need some help…find out what and how in the next blog👍

 

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 have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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