A long walk
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