Barefoot in South Africa

I have the great good fortune to live in a country where a barefoot lifestyle is not just tolerated but encouraged.

BarefootStudentsSouthAfrica3.jpg, mar. 2018

I have the great good fortune to live in a country where a barefoot lifestyle is not just tolerated but encouraged.

South African children go to school, to the mall, to movies, to restaurants, to friends, to the doctor and in fact everywhere barefoot and no one bats an eyelid*.

If a shop in South Africa ever put up a "No Shoes, No Service" sign it would go out of business.

South Africans simply would not put up with that kind of nonsense. I started this blog to promote a greater acceptance of the sensible and healthy practice of going about barefoot in those parts of the "developed" world where things have become more important than people and where people seem to have forgotten what is good for them. 


The South African National Guidelines on School Uniforms published in 2005 emphasized the need to reflect South African culture and tradition and states :

“School must also be sensitive to climatic conditions… Pupils , especially in lower grades, should also be permitted to attend without shoes in hot weather.

To bat an eyelid : To display a subtle emotional reaction, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. Generally used in the negative to denote that the person in question did not display even a hint of an emotional response. Mary didn't even bat an eyelid when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelid.



Conseil : bien lire le texte

Quelques aides : toujours avec la même démarche : type de document, origine, date, idée principale et mon point de vue.

We have two documents.

The first one is an extract from a website.

In fact it comes from a blog.

The person who writes in this blog is South African.

The document was written in 2011. Seven years ago.

The second document is an extract from an official document from the south african education ministry.

Both documents are about the same idea.

The main idea is about living barefoot.

It is part of the South African lifestyle.

the man who wrote this blog promotes this lifestyle.

In South Africa you can live barefoot, it is not forbidden. You can go anywhere without shoes.

The blogger thinks it is a good thing, he says : « I have the great fortune to live… »line 1

He thinks it is sensible probably because it is hot in South Africa.

In the official document they mention the climate too.

He writes it is healthy because it is good for your feet to be barefoot. Shoes can be a prison for your feet !

Vous pouvez parler de l'image :

The picture illustrates the right for children to go barefoot to school. They are allowed.


I think that in South Africa people are barefoot because…  but I studied a document about Kenya and in this country children are barefoot because ……

We also watched a French documentary  entitled : « Sur les chemins de l’école ». We saw children from all over the world walking to school.