Podcast Episode 6 – Debbie Chadbon, former teacher at Pakati Secondary School

Welcome again to our Friends of Pakati Podcast series, and I am delighted that  we – our host Bradley Mell and myself – managed to speak to Debbie Chadbon. Debbie was one of the teachers who came after me through VSO, and she talks at length about her time at the school in the early 1990’s.

Debbie creating her World Map on the end of the then newly-completed classroom block

Here is Episode 6:

Debbie with some of her students in 1992

The World Map was repainted when the school was redecorated in 2017, and as I found out in 2018 & 2019 it still generates interest in the area

After a covid-enforced delay, Debbie managed to raise funds for us in 2021 with a sponsored Cycle Ride in the Bristol area where she lives

Enjoying a cup of tea in her newly-acquired Friends of Pakati mug back in 2021

Thank you Debbie!

Latest news:

Episode 7 has been recorded – featuring a frequent contributor to this blog, Pastor Rev Aggie Fombo. Editing is underway, and thanks to Aggie for sending new pictures, I will release it as a ‘special’ before too long. Aggie’s lively personality shines through, as you will hear…

Just this week. I also heard from someone I have not spoken to since 1990….one of my former colleagues from my first year at Pakati! I am hoping to get him on to the podcast in a few weeks. More details to come soon


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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