151 young scholars walked across the stage of a full-house Christchurch Town Hall in the first ever Children’s University Canterbury Partnership graduation ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey, encouraged the young graduates to discover their potential, dream big and become excited about learning as a lifelong journey.
“The Children’s University encourages young people to take ownership of their learning journey, develop a positive attitude towards exploring different subjects and consider what tertiary options are available to them. Learning is a lifelong journey and this programme focuses young minds on a positive path to learning something from every activity they do and experience they have.”
Modelled on the Children’s University initiative launched in Adelaide, Australia, in 2006, the programme aims to inspire young minds to try a variety of different activities, develop a positive attitude towards lifelong learning and start to think about their future pathway into tertiary education.
In 2019, the programme’s first year, 192 Canterbury students from seven schools and one rūnanga enrolled in the Children’s University. The Children’s University plans to expand in 2020 to enrol 1000 students from 20-30 schools and rūnanga.
Community groups and businesses interested in providing locations for activities or funding to expand the programme are encouraged to contact Amy Underdown on email@example.com to find out more.
The Children’s University Canterbury Partnership programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is delivered by the UC and Lincoln University.