New donations!!

Welcome to the blog! Today it is about donations…

First up, IT

This week sees Friends of Pakati being donated some new IT equipment for both Pakati schools, as mentioned last week here:

Friend of Pakati & regular podcast host Bradley Mell told me recently that his Mum works in a school in Scunthorpe (my home town) and they have some Chromebook laptops to give to a worthy cause. Naturally, when I was offered, I said YES PLEASE!

Bradley Mell presents the Chromebooks to Friends of Pakati on behalf of the Oasis Academy Parkwood school in Scunthorpe

Ready to bring the Chromebooks home….

…now I can get them set up

On behalf of Pakati schools, I would like to thank Oasis Academy Parkwood very much for the donation of the equipment. They will be put to good use! Once they are delivered to the schools, we will post photos of students learning how to use them.

Next, football shirts…

I recently emailed the club I support – Scunthorpe United – to see if they might have some shirts to.donate, as they did so.generously back in 2019. Remember this video?

We hope to repeat this after I visit Pakati in September, will.get plenty of photos & short videos so we can compile another entertaining film!

Here below is what the club have donated to us this weekend – 11 football shirts!

Thank you Scunthorpe United!!! Special mention to COO Lee Turnbull, Fan Elected Director Neil Wright & Glynn Sparks a.k.a. mascot Scunny Bunny for the handover before the match yesterday – see below:

Spreading the word of the Iron – Pakati branch of the Iron Supporters will continue to grow!


Donation of ideas! News from the Consultancy with students at Huddersfield University Business School, studying for an MBA.

Following a second meeting with the group, several things have been suggested to help Friends of Pakati develop including the following:

  • Redesigning the website
  • Logo redesign, part of developing a ‘Brand’
  • Social media accounts to have ‘branding’
  • Develop a content calendar
  • Targeted ads on social media
  • Looking at colour schemes
  • Photos & videos during the visit

There are other things we discussed too, including getting us registered as a charity – something I am very keen to do!

Much of what we covered will take some time to introduce, and I am.thinking of taking time off from blogging during November, then relaunching it all in December.

And finally….

Let me say on behalf of Friends of Pakati, a huge THANK YOU!!! to all those who donate money, time, goods, ideas or anything else – it is all very much appreciated👏👏 I am very much looking forward to getting the Chromebooks & football shirts out to Pakati this September.




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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