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The “school caravan” program, implemented by the French Alpine Club (CAF) as of 1874, consisted in the organization of hiking excursions for primary and high school pupils, supervised by their teachers, during holidays or weekly breaks. This extracurricular program is one of the great debates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century on the reform of the school system, notably concerning educating the elite. Representatives of the CAF’s modernist cultured bourgeoisie sought to promote a global education model. This initiative became fairly widespread until the Great War, in line with campaigns against sedentary life and the overwork of school pupils, before then petering out in the 1930s.

  • history
  • outdoor activities
  • education
  • school visit
  • health education
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