Summer stay, learning holidays, open school, learning camps… summer in QPV

Virginie Fauvel / Localtis

A communication to the Council of Ministers provides an overview of the summer schemes in the focus areas of the city policy for this year. In particular, the government allocates an envelope of 30 million euros to the operation Quartiers d’été when it reached 110 million in 2020.

An envelope of EUR 30 million will be allocated to the Quartiers d’été operation to be renewed in 2022, against 110 million in 2020 (see our article of 20 July 2020). It was on the occasion of the Council of Ministers of 13 July 2022 that the government made this downward announcement, summarizing the various summer schemes in the urban policy priority districts (QPV), without specifying the budgets allocated to each of them.
With regard to the Quartiers d’été, he emphasized that he is “particularly committed to the selection of activities co-financed by the local authorities” and that “promote inter-district meetings and activities, evening and end-of-week activities ” , mixed and intergenerational activities, but also aimed at young girls, women and families who often benefit less from the activities offered”.

“Summer quarter, an important lever for structuring a program in every department”

According to the report of the Council of Ministers, “Quartiers d’été is an important lever for structuring in each department a program of actions and stays for the inhabitants of priority neighborhoods, based on the needs and resources of the areas”. He recalls that these departmental programs are also fed by other programmes, in particular the partnership of the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion with the National Agency for Holiday Vouchers (ANCV), which makes it possible to propose accommodation projects ranging from a maximum of 15 days before almost 4,000 young people aged 16 to 25. “Also, the “Ville Vie Vacances” (VVV) program allows young people from priority neighborhoods who do not go on holiday to benefit from cultural, civic, sporting and leisure activities, as well as educational support during the school holidays,” it added to the report.

Operation “Open School” in nearly 2,000 schools and institutions

It was also recalled that the Ministry of National Education runs several “learning holidays” programs, in particular the “Open School” operation. This system allows students to attend their school, college, or high school during the summer to take advantage of activities to enhance school learning, cultivate themselves, exercise, and get a breath of fresh air. Before the summer break of 2022, the government announces that it will be offered in nearly 2,000 schools and institutions and will benefit nearly 120,000 students. 63% of these sites are located in QPVs or in their immediate vicinity, and almost 10% are located in remote rural areas. Since 2020, “open truant schools” have also been organized in rural areas, so that students from priority urban policy districts (QPV) can discover nature in coastal and mountain areas.

Learning camps and Cultural Summer Operation

Another device that was renewed in 2022, the Learning Colos, without a budget for this year or reminder of the figures for the year 2021. It should be remembered that the system makes it possible to organize summer camps that are 80% funded by the state for the benefit of young people living in the QPVs or in the rural revitalization zones (see our article of June 28, 2022). In a session of FAQs addressed to local authorities, the Ministry of National Education recalls that municipalities, public institutions for intermunicipal cooperation (EPCI) and departmental councils, in the case of children dependent on childhood social assistance (ASE), make concerned about the Colos learning device.

Finally, the latter device, “Operation Cultural Summer”, carried out by the Ministry of Culture. It was created in 2020 to respond to the social, artistic and territorial problems revealed and aggravated by the health crisis, targeting in particular the inhabitants of these priority areas. With a budget of 19.7 million euros, it supports local artistic and cultural proposals, all disciplines together, that take place in July and August, by promoting free actions as close as possible to the inhabitants, especially those who are not on vacation to go. The Council of Ministers report recalls that in 2021, 48% of the projects took place in the city’s political districts, mainly for young people and their families.

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