Children’s University Australia aims to provide high quality out of school hours activities to children, engaging the wider community as learning partners in this process. An important principle of The Children’s University is that participation is voluntary and it is intentionally something other than school. Activities must take place outside the normal school day during lunch, after school, weekends and holidays.
In partnership with The University of Adelaide, we aim to raise aspirations and develop a love of learning by issuing students involved in Children’s University with a ‘Passport to Learning’ which records their individual learning journey. After 30 hours of learning, the children are rewarded for their participation with certificates at a graduation ceremony to be held at the University of Adelaide.
Students are enrolled in Children’s University when they receive their Passport to Learning. Children’s University is not compulsory. The activities are all voluntary and the children choose what to do and when, and the learning always has a link to something they could do at a ‘grown up’ university.