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Holiday colonies for weak children arose from the second decade of the twentieth century. Its mission was to meet the health, food and recreational standards of children living in tenants in Buenos Aires, whose health and education were committed to living in overcrowded conditions.
They operated from December to February from 8.30 to 16 hours. The first colony was established in Avellaneda Park and was followed by the Lezama Park, Chacabuco Park, Saavedra Park, Sociedad Rural, Centenario Park and Agronomía Park. Twenty-five fourth-grade female teachers were mobilized to care for some 40 children each. The foods they received should be healthy, abundant and good.
The program of activities was adapted to the characteristics of each colony. Educational and recreational activity as well as breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, after lunch, he took a chair to “take a nap”, covering his face with his little hat. It was always an occasion to make jokes, contrary to discipline. The slogan of the colony was to invigorate body and spirit through play. From the 1960s onwards, they suffered disadvantages and changes which worsened in 1979, with the abolition of dental, food and social assistance benefits. This negative stage was reversed with the return of democracy.
Publication Date: 17/02/2019
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