The Minister of National Education and Youth, Minister of Environmental Transformation and Regional Cohesion, Minister of Culture and Minister Delegate to the Minister of Ecological Transition and Regional Cohesion, responsible for City and Housing, presented a statement on summer arrangements in the Priority Neighborhood Policy.
It is imperative that all young people go on vacation or at least do activities during the summer, no matter what region they live in.
To achieve this, Operation Quartiers d’été was renewed in 2022 as an extension of the 2020 and 2021 editions. Granted with a budget of 30 million euros, it allows activities in popular neighborhoods to be organized around two main axes:
- A time to breathe, entertain and discover.
- A time to meet and strengthen social bonds.
The government is particularly obligated to select activities that are co-financed by local authorities and that promote:
- inter-regional meetings and activities,
- evening and weekend activities to allow as many people as possible to take advantage of the “summer areas” but also to revitalize the public spaces during these periods,
- Mixed and multi-generational activities but also for girls, women and families who are often less likely to benefit from the activities offered.
“Quartiers d’été” is a major lever for structuring in each department a program of work and accommodation for the residents of the priority neighborhoods, on the basis of the needs and resources of the regions.
These departmental programs are also fed by other programmes, notably 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 of up to 15 days for nearly 4,000 young people. They are between 16 and 25 years old. Likewise, the Ville Vie Vacances (VVV) program allows youth from priority neighborhoods who are not on vacation to benefit from cultural, civic, sports and recreational activities as well as educational support during vacations. The school. The goal is to promote the development of active citizenship, responsibility and personal fulfillment.
For summer to be as rewarding as possible for children and youth in working-class neighborhoods, mobilization between departments is essential.
The Ministry of National Education and Youth implements several “learn leave” programs in this regard, in particular the “Open School” process.
The Open School process allows students to go to their school, college or high school during the summer in order to take advantage of enriching activities to enhance school learning, develop themselves, exercise and get some fresh air.
Since 2020, “open absentee schools” have also been organized in the countryside, so that students from priority urban policy (QPV) neighborhoods can explore nature in coastal and mountainous areas.
For the summer holidays of 2022, the Open School system will be offered in approximately 2,000 schools and institutions, and will be able to benefit about 120,000 students. 63% of these establishments are located in QPVs or their immediate surroundings, and about 10% are in isolated rural areas.
Finally, the process of Learning Camps is renewed in 2022. It allows the organization of holiday camps, with 80% state funding, for young people living in QPVs or in rural revitalization areas.
The Ministry of Culture is also mobilized to promote access for all children and youth to quality artistic and cultural education during school holidays.
This is the goal of Operation “Cultural Summer”. Created in 2020 to respond to the social, technical and regional issues revealed and amplified by the health crisis, it specifically targets residents of these priority areas. With a budget of 19.7 million euros, it became possible to support the local artistic and cultural proposals, all disciplines combined, taking place in July and August, by promoting free actions as close as possible to the population, especially those who do not. I go on vacation. In 2021, 48% of projects were implemented in the city’s political districts, targeting mainly young people and their families.
The cultural summer complements three ambitious actions from the Ministry of Culture that were also published in the summer: “It’s my heritage!”, “Leave in a book” and “Photo smugglers / open-air cinema”.