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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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During the October school holidays the Children’s University team ran 5 campus experience events at UC, Lincoln University and ARA. These experiences allow children and their parents the opportunity to participate in fun, educational activities on campus.
The two UC experiences were hosted by the College of Arts and the College of Science and activities included a drumming workshop, exploring the Teece Museum, learning about the brain and communication, checking out biological sciences displays and an activity with the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Thank you to the academics and students who ran the activities.
If you would like to be involved with the Children’s University programme in 2020 please contact Amy on email@example.com.
The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are working in partnership to bring Children’s University to young people across the Canterbury region.
The aim of Children’s University is to bring high quality educational experiences to children in partnership with their schools, communities, and local Universities. All activities are experiential, and take place outside of school time. Uniquely, activities are linked to a University degree.
While not a ‘recruitment’ tool, one of the principles underlying Children’s University is that children need to know what exists to know what they can aspire to achieve.
Children’s University works with local learning destinations such as libraries, museums, and even sports groups so children can achieve agreed learning outcomes. An important part of the program is to bring the children onto campus to participate in learning activities.
For further information, including how you can get involved please email Amy Underdown or Jen Nicholson.