ECD Block back in use! Plus other news

The recently redecorated ECD block at Pakati Primary school – see – is now in use by the school’s youngest pupils. My thanks go to teacher Mr Chorichi for sending the pictures and information below.

The painting of the ECD block, and indeed the other classrooms & toilet blocks, were done by local residents and tradesmen Nickson Dzimauta, Tendayi Baye and Christopher Maunje – see more here

Inside the ECD Block, here is the ECD teacher Ms Mandingaisa, who is delighted with the improvements, as are the pupils themselves.

The pupils are still following Covid protocols, but at least they are back in school, and listening intently to their teacher.

Other News – donation

A keen supporter of Friends of Pakati, Max Bell, has very kindly donated some items to us. Most recently, in order to publicise his book, he has been sponsoring some Scunthorpe United away games. Rochdale v Scunthorpe was a successful day for Max, and he was given a Rochdale shirt signed by all their players. He gave it to me to sell & raise funds for Friends of Pakati.

It went for auction on ebay courstesy of Simon Faulkner – see – and it has gone to the highest bid of £50! It turns out the bid was made by another fellow fan of the Iron – Paul Verrico, who also has his own charity – and has been supportive of Friends of Pakati for some time, often giving advice and encouragement. Thank you Paull!

I understand there are a couple of other items being sold on our behalf, and I will update the blog when I hesr more. In the meantime, the detail of our finances are available here updated every month.


We have merchandise to sell – T-shirts, mugs, coasters, badges, key riings…and very soon there car/window stickers!

See for more details.

To place an order please contact me via email DM IM giving full details of your order & your contact details/full postal address.


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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