04/09/2017

School vacations around the world

The seasons of the year and commemorative dates make it so that each country adopts breaks on different dates of the calendar

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In Brazil, January, July and December are usually the most highly awaited months by students nationwide, since that is when they are on vacation from school. Breaks are different between private and public schools, which follow a federal calendar, varying from 60 to 120 days distributed over these three months.

Yet in other countries, this distribution may be quite different. That is the case of France, which gives school-age kids and teens various breaks during the year. There, just as with most of Europe, the USA and Canada, the school year starts in September. Between the end of October and start of November, the “vacante de la toussaint” take place, commemorating Halloween. And in subsequent months there are four more breaks: Christmas vacation, winter break, spring break and summer vacations – in December, February, April and July, respectively.

The harsh temperatures in the USA mean that there, the school year is also different than in other parts of the world. Classes start in the middle of the year, when summer starts, and winter means vacation, since snow is a major obstacle for those that need to get around. There is also the famous “spring break:” a one-week break before spring starts, for students at American schools and universities.

In Finland, a country consistently topping the international rankings because of the quality of its education, students have a short school day and summer vacation lasts ten weeks! That is a long time compared to other countries.

Although the number of days and dates are very different, one thing is sure: no country gives up the deserved break during the school year. For kids, in addition to being a time to relax and have fun, vacation has major benefits for learning and should always be enjoyed to the utmost.

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