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2010-04-18 10:08:17
I quite agree.
2010-04-18 09:54:39
@ Patito and newsman What you said makes complete sense - thanks for the explanations :-)
2010-04-17 21:41:03
I'd bet those are the only shoes she owns, she's required to wear them during school, and she doesn't want to wear them out walking back and forth. Also, to people who are used to being bare-footed, shoes can be pretty un-comfortable. There's a Faulkner novel that begins with a young woman walking along a country road carrying her shoes. When she gets to the edge of the town she stops and puts them on because she doesn't want to appear to the town-dwellers to be a bare-footed country girl. She wants to look as if she lives in the town.
2010-04-17 17:04:31
For almost all of the world this is true, but not for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is so poor that even the cheapest school uniforms are more expensive than the clothing the children would otherwise wear and parents have organized protests against them on the basis that the school uniforms are too expensive. Quite different than your Canada where school uniforms could be a substantial savings to parents.
2010-04-17 16:48:08
I always had to wear a uniform when I went to all-girl schools. I think it's a good idea; there is less competition among the girls; it's also better for the kids and their parents that are poorer.
2010-04-17 16:21:50
Thanks for your explanations.
2010-04-17 09:21:10
It is my impression that these girls attend one of the all girls boarding high schools (such as the Bulawago Girl's College) in Zimbabwe. Secondary education is not required in Zimbabwe and for the very few that do go on, these sexually segregated boarding schools is the norm. The short hair styles, usually required of students in these schools, is another indication of this. Since the students are not in full uniform, it is unlikely that they are either going to or coming from classes. It is much more likely that they are leaving the school for a weekend leave to be with their families. Uniforms are a strict requirement in these schools, and this is something that has become quite controversial in Zimbabwe.
2010-04-17 02:55:25
I did understand everything you said petit libellule :-) And yes, it´s amazing how kids from extremely poor countries values the very little they have. For them, having the opportunity to go to school is like winning the lottery! :-)
2010-04-16 16:52:14
I should have liked to write what you said ! I think so, I speak so ! About this picture, my first reaction was : " In India,in Africa, in poor countries, children going to school, or coming back, most often, are enjoyed, smiling. To learn is a joy for them, the best gift. And even they are poor, they wear beautiful and clean dresses to make honor to the gift they will receive/ they received. Llike if they go to their own "church". To meet their own God." How my English is poor to say/to tell more than " How beautiful !" ...
2010-04-16 03:27:22
* Which has been giving 'me' such a big joy
2010-04-16 03:13:26
@ Newsman I apreciatte your kind words. And I do agree with you that photojournalism, cultural, historical and informative photos not always do good in this site. Maybe one of the reasons for that to happen could be that some voters don´t spend more than one second on the image, trying to find out what it represents - they only look at the general appearance of the photo, which in this one would make them simply see a bunch of kids walking on a dirt road. But if you stop to analyse, so many questions can come to your mind. I´ve seen a couple of members here creating amazing stories based on a simple image, and that´s what makes the whole thing interesting. For example: based on the way they´re dressed and behaving, do you think these kids come from a family with a good financial status (on Zimbabwe´s standards) or are they completely poor? Why would the girl on the right walk barefeet on a dirt road full of rocks having a pair of shoes in her hands? Are they going to school or coming back home? (You would probably say coming home, due to the dark sky in the back - but that could simply be a stormy morning, notice the girl carrying the umbrella). That´s what I try to do when I come across pictures like these on the site, but they´re downvoted so much (sometimes to oblivion) that there´s not even time for discussion. In my opinion, Pixdaus should be a learning place. As there are no rewards here for being on the top list, people should come here for knowledge (is there a biggest reward than that?). Places and facts that I had never heard of before now are a part of my conversation when I go out with friends. Even to my family I mention about things I see here. I´ve even improved my English vocabulary a lot when it comes to geological and geographical terms, to birds', plants' and flowers' names too. Not to mention getting ideas for taking my own photos, which has been giving be such a big joy! :-)
2010-04-15 09:21:32
You must take into account, Newsman, that the audience here is a mass audience. The door is wide open to the public with no gate-keepers or filters and no charge for admission, so there is, unfortunately, a lowest-common-denominator effect. But that's the way the world is, no ? I too am pleased that this photo is doing well, and a bit surprised.
2010-04-15 04:51:03
I am glad to see that this photo is doing well. It is a great photo, unlike the silly cat photos that Pixdaus users normally opt for.
2010-04-14 08:35:03
A truly great photo, in my opinion. It is unfortunate, also in my opinion, that few of these "news" style photos ever appear on Pixdaus and, when they do, they seldom fare well. I wish the very best to this one. It is one of the very best.