Vacances Apprenantes: new educational summer camps in France

Discover the government's new summer schemes for kids in France. Pictured: Vitacolo (vitacolo.fr), a young association entering its 11th season this summer.
Discover the government's new summer schemes for kids in France. Pictured: Vitacolo (vitacolo.fr), a young association entering its 11th season this summer.

Learn about the government's new summer schemes for families who feel their children have missed out on vital schoolwork during the Coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The summer holidays start on July 4 after a term in which, for most of the time, children have been doing their lessons at home rather than in the classroom. For families who feel their children have missed out on vital schoolwork, the government has set up summer schemes for one million participants at a cost of €200million, called Vacances Apprenantes.

Vacances Apprenantes: France's new educational summer camps

Authorities hope 400,000 pupils will take part in the Ecole Ouverte initiative, in which some primary schools, collèges and lycées will hold courses with daily sessions made up of schoolwork in the morning and cultural, sporting and nature activities in the afternoon. This scheme usually operates in priority areas only but this year it has been extended across the country.

However, schools will have to find enough teachers willing to sign up for extra paid work during their own holidays. In some communes, there will be Accueils de loisirs apprenants – day centres with ...

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