A long walk

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Walk­ing in My Shoes Di­rec­tor: Me­lanie Chait “Disad­van­taged stu­dents at schools with­out equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties write the same ex­ams as priv­i­leged and well-re­sourced stu­dents,” says one of the par­tic­i­pants in this in­sight­ful doc­u­men­tary, screen­ing at the En­coun­ters fes­ti­val.

Equal ed­u­ca­tion for all was a prom­ise made more than 20 years ago to all South Africans. That prom­ise has yet to be ful­filled.

Many chil­dren must wake up at 5am for school and walk for more than an hour – some­times in the rain – through dan­ger­ous bushes, only to be squeezed into an over­crowded class­room. Some of them are part of child-headed house­holds.

Walk­ing in My Shoes fol­lows the lives of pupils who are faced with such dif­fi­cul­ties, which no child should face.

Me­lanie Chait’s film is beau­ti­fully shot and in­for­ma­tive, un­pack­ing is­sues such as lack of trans­port in ru­ral ar­eas, mal­nu­tri­tion, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, gov­ern­ment in­com­pe­tence and the ef­fect of the death of loved ones. Yet the pupils are keen to learn no mat­ter what, and are op­ti­mistic about bet­ter and equal ed­u­ca­tion for all. See the film in Cape Town at the V&A Water­front Cinema Nou­veau to­day at 8.15pm and on Tues­day at The Labia at 6.45pm. See it in Joburg at the Rose­bank Cinema Nou­veau on Tues­day at 6.45pm

EQUAL ED­U­CA­TION One of the pupils in the doccie

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