For learners at Kuyasa Primary School in Khayelitsha, Thursday last week will forever be etched in their memory as the day they received new school shoes courtesy of the staff of an insurance company.They gave a total of 11 pair to eager learners who would otherwise go barefoot.Vukile Mtenjana, a branch manager, said the school is one of 15 schools, including high schools that were due to get shoes in the following weeks.Mtenjana also said they have been donating shoes to school children since 2015 “As part of giving back to the community.”“If learners do not have shoes, they might end up not wanting to go to school, because other learners laugh at them. It is a need. Not every parent can afford to buy shoes for their children.In future, we are planning to include schools from farms across the province as well. We ask teachers to identify five learners who are really in need, but here we ended up having eleven learners in the list,” Mtenjana said.The learners who benefited were wearing push-ins, worn-out shoes and worn out tekkies. Nontuthuzelo Mayeki, a teacher and facilitator for Soul Buddyz, said learners get badly affected when they do not have proper school uniform.“It is important for learners to have shoes, because it is winter now and their feet freeze. It badly affects their self-esteem and their performance academically. Other learners here stay with parents who are unemployed, others are orphans and others are taken care of by their grand-parents who solely depended on the grant. We also go out and ask for clothes for them. They cannot even participate in sport. We would like to thank the donors for doing great things for the learners. Sometimes we dig from our own pockets and help them(learners),” Mayeki said.Asakhanya Ngcayichibi,12, said she was very happy with the donations.“I feel very relieved. Now I am going to look like other learners. It has been a number of months since I last had school shoes. My parents are unemployed,” Ngcayichibi said.