This week’s news…

…contains several items of interest to followers of Friends of Pakati, so let’s get on with it!

Firstly, what might these lads pictured below have to do with us I hear you ask?

Matt, Badley & Matt – presenters of the Iron Bru Podcast for fans of Scunthorpe United FC.

Well, I am currently in discussions about an event to raise funds for us, and it seems they are looking to run something themselves…so my idea is morphing into a joint event. We have a potential venue and tentative dates, and we are looking at possible guests to appear who might draw people to the event. Still early days, but I will post updates as we make progress.

Secondly, I hear from sources in Zimbabwe that schools are to re-open across the country on Monday, 7th February, following a decline in Covid cases there. Hopefully scenes like this below will be repeated at both Pakati schools that day.

Right now, school is empty, but it is looking very green and lush as it is the rainy season in Zimbabwe. The rains recently have been heavy, and the nearby Shavanhowe river is flowing quite high.

I am hoping for regular updates from both schools as we follow their progress.

Thirdly, here is the link to a recent short radio interview I did recently (as mentioned last week )…my part starts at 28minutes in (you should be able to fast forward to it) & it lasts for about 7 minutes:

The interview was with Bradford Community Broadcasting – BCB, and my thanks go to the presenters, Dom Burch & Lorna Kook for the interview, and Jo Kenyon for her assistance.

Fourthly, I have been promised some money from our friend Simon – – from the sale of some items on our behalf on ebay, including this item below, donated earlier this year.

Finally, back to the lads from Iron Bru…well one of them in particular. Bradley, who bought one of our badges recently (see below) is offering us some help, so I intend to take him up on that very soon…

He tells me he is the one who compiles & edits the podcast for the team, and is willing to help me with something similar for Friends of Pakati! That is a chance too great to pass up on, so watch -and listen out to – this space for more info in the near future👍Thanks Brad!

It is also highly likely that Friends of Pakati will appear on the Iron Bru podcast during the lead-up to 23rd April, as well as to our other suggested fundraising event, as we promote each other across all platforms. Read about what the original plans were here –

Back with more next week!


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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