College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

One day without shoes

CAES staff members show off their bare feet in support of the One Day Without Shoes initiative

CAES staff members show off their bare feet in support of the One Day Without Shoes initiative

One Day Without Shoes is a day on which people spread awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off their own. Why? Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day.

“Research shows that children wearing shoes are better educated and in some countries it is compulsory to wear shoes to go to school. In Kenya 1.89 million children have ‘jiggers’, a burrowing flea that infects bare feet.

There are many stories… A rural women told the story of how her two sons would go to school on alternate weeks as they had to share a pair of shoes, until they were given another pair.” http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com

The Executive Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science (CAES), Prof Maggi Linington challenged CAES staff to spend a day at work without shoes on 10 April 2012. She also collected shoes from staff to be donated to the One Day Without Shoes Organisation. This year the shoes will be donated to children in Kenya.

Information sourced from the One Day Without Shoes website: http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com

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