New at Pakati Secondary school…and at two local Primaries

My thanks go to staff at Pakati Secondary school for the school photos, and the information provided in this first part of today’s blog.

Here is what I was sent yesterday:

“Hi Chris, this is our prefect board for 2022. From left back, there is Robert Mawindo, Tawanda Dzimauta, Shantel Matanhike, Ruvarashe Chihumbiri, Winfrey Mlambo, Luanda Mlambo, Rosemary Chiwodzera,
From left front there is Belinda Machika (Head Girl), Kelly Madziwa (Deputy Head Girl), Oneal Mutuvah (Deputy Head Boy) ,Gibson Makate (Head Boy).”

The school is back to normal following disruption earlier in the term. Students & staff are now in full swing, seen arriving on Monday of last week:

Mrs Mwaashi and Mrs Chingoriwo screening learners as they turn up at the school entrance.

Here is the latest addition to the Secondary school staff:

New Teacher: Mr Shongorisho our Maths teacher

So the staff for 2022 is as follows:

Mr Chifaka (Head)
Mr Chizenya (Deputy)
Mrs Mwaashi
Mrs Chingoriwo
Mrs Munatswa
Mr Mundodzi
Mr Ediyeti
Mr Shongorisho
Mr Katonha
Mr Magabaza
Mrs Katonha

So far there is no word on when school & inter-school sports will reappear, which is a blow to Pakati. As a small school, it regularly ‘punches above its weight’ in sports, historically producing some fine athletes and battling teams.

Pakati Primary school

Next week I hope to have updates on the situation at the Primary school, having heard ftom Head Mr Mahachi earlier today.

Mapanga Primary school

I have heard also from Head Mrs Maenzanise at Mapanga, also in Ward 14 of Murewa District.

Scenes from last term at Mapanga showing students attending, and a small wall being built. They now have a new school gate at the entrance

VaTonatsa Foundation

Our friends and fellow philanthropists at VaTonatsa have been busy lately with their endeavours to support a number of underprivileged children in the Ward 14 area.

They have taken many items to the families and schools where the children attend, including at Mapanga Primary.

Much more about this will be published on here soon: and on the website for the Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities, of which Friends of Pakati are active members.

Please keep supporting us to help the students of Pakati and the surrounding area! Donate now to or or contact me at for further information.


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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