MIL OSI Translation. French Polynesian to English –
Source: Government of New Caledonia
6,800 places are open this summer for children from 4 to 18 years old in the various holiday and leisure centers (CVL), scout camps, itinerant camps and stays abroad offered by various New Caledonian organizations. This regulated sector is supported and regularly monitored by New Caledonia, headed by Youth and Sports (DJS).
For the government, “holiday and leisure centers are educational spaces in their own right, complementary to school and parents”. The community believes that “the way children and youth use their free time is important for their academic success, personal development and social learning.” This is why it is advisable to “plan a clear and precise organization of socio-educational cultural and sports activities conducted on this free time”.
In concrete terms, the CVLs are required to draft a pedagogical project, a mandatory document that must be submitted when applying for the authorization of a stay. It has two components: the technical sheet of the center that details the material conditions and the operation of the reception, and the pedagogical approach that defines what the children will do and learn during their stay.
Regular follow-up to improve the reception
It is the New Caledonia Youth and Sports Division (DJS) that ensures that the regulations on the protection of minors during school holidays and leisure time are respected. Since the government’s jurisdiction over socio-educational activities has been delegated to the North and South Provinces through conventions, the DJS intervenes only in the Loyalty Islands. It ensures the reception and the instruction of the declarations of first opening of a site of reception, but also those of the declarations and the educational projects of the stays, the issuance of the authorizations (with their authorization, the centers receive a provincial grant) as well as the control of the centers.
It is here that Patricia Issertes, socio-educational counselor and sole agent of the DJS, performs the field visits. About twenty this summer, all the centers organized on Lifou, Maré and Ouvéa. In the Islands, the CVLs are generally held in primary schools, in communal houses or under the fares dedicated to worship. “I control them during the summer, but also throughout the year during other school holidays and even on pedagogical Wednesdays. This creates a link, ensures regular monitoring and improves the level of childcare. “
Everything is in order, child safety
The control is primarily administrative: reading, in the company of the director, the educational project; verification of various documents: medical certificate, copy of diplomas, attestation of non-conviction or criminal record of each supervisor, registration form and health card liaison of each child. Patricia then inspects the premises – security perimeter, shady areas, state of the kitchen, clean toilets … – and ensures the site’s compliance, the presence of emergency resources. “At Loyalty, these are small groups of fifteen children at most. Sometimes my interlocutors have a hard time understanding that some papers are mandatory, despite the booster shots, “Patricia smiles. If the oldest are also the most refractory, in their defense the lack of computers and Internet connection does not facilitate the task. And then to Loyalty, the hierarchy of priorities is not necessarily the same as on the “continent”! And the supervisors are mostly baked and milled moms, often canteens, who have their own family life and also take care of the other children of the tribe, the time of the CVL. So can do better at the organizational level. “But when it comes to safety and hygiene, our priority is no problem. “
Regulation to adapt?
Any deficiencies noted are recorded in the report that Patricia writes at the end of her visit, which will be followed by a “regulatory reminder” to encourage the head of the center to regularize the situation as soon as possible. An official letter that will precede, if necessary, a “second layer”. In theory, any breach of the regulations may be subject to an administrative penalty ranging from a simple reminder to the suspension of the director, the organizers or the organizer. In extreme cases – endangering children, for example – a prohibition measure can even be taken.
But none of this this summer at Loyalty. Controls continue, without stress or major offense. With a smile and a form of flexibility sometimes faced with a certain gap between metropolitan texts governing the ACM (collective hostels of minors) on which the CVL depend, and specificities Caledonian, a fortiori loyaltiennes. Was it time to dust off existing regulations and adapt them to the context, leaving managers with more room for maneuver? The question needs to be asked. In the Maré and Lifou tribes, the bucket of water has always been a very good substitute for the red fire extinguisher, and the wood-fired kitchen has never intoxicated a kid from Wakoné or Qanono …
CV and CL
A holiday center (CV) is a home with accommodation for a group of at least twelve children or young people aged 4 to 18, for a period of at least four consecutive nights during school holidays and times Recreation. It can be fixed or itinerant, but can not accommodate more than 100 minors.
A leisure center (CL) is a reception without accommodation of a group of at least twelve children or young people from 4 to 18 years, during school holidays and leisure time. It can not accommodate more than 150 minors.
The level of training of CVL directors and animators is steadily increasing. Significant work is done upstream by the training institutions that prepare for the state diplomas of animation – BAFA (Brevet d’aptitude to the duties of animator) and BAFD (Brevet of aptitude to the functions of director) – delivered by the DJS (two juries a year). There are five of them: the Scouts and Guides of France of New Caledonia, the Association the Villages of Magenta (ALVM), the Federation of Lay Works (Fol), Ceméa (training center for active education methods ) Pwärä Wäro (Poindimié) and the Caledonian Association for Animation and Training (Acaf). These authorized bodies are supported by New Caledonia under a convention and receive an annual subsidy of a total amount of 15 million francs. BAFA and BAFD theoretical training sessions are subject to regular monitoring and evaluation visits by the DJS.
Do not forget to follow the guide
The DJS also has a role of accompaniment with the organizers, directors and animators of CVL, by information, publications, time of continuous formation, adapted advice. Its Guide 2017-18 instructions and recommendations is an indispensable educational tool. It recalls, on 33 cards and about 140 pages, the “technical and legal prescriptions allowing to ensure the security, the health and the morality of the children during the playful, recreational, learning and socialization activities proposed during the CVL and Scouting camps “.
The role of the other branches of New Caledonia
Under the regulation of establishments receiving the public (ERP), the Directorate of Civil Security and Risk Management (DSCGR) checks for its part that the reception facilities of the CVL comply with safety standards. The Directorate for Veterinary, Food and Rural Affairs (DAVAR) is responsible for verifying restoration conditions through its Veterinary, Food and Plant Health Inspection Service (SIVAP). Controls take place during the manufacturing or distribution of meals, and cover five points: the environment, equipment, labor, material and method (the 5M).
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.