Children's University



Children’s University Australasia is an international partner of Children’s University Trust (UK) and managed by the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

The Children’s University Canterbury Partnership is an innovative pilot which allows students aged 7-14, initially from six schools across the Canterbury Region, to participate in extra-curricular learning activities.

The Children’s University Australasia concept is relatively simple: it offers superior educational experiences for children outside of school and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations. The model leverages local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries, school clubs) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage. All learning activities must have a link in some way to a university course eg. Football club = sports engineering, physiotherapy, management, teaching, sciences etc.

Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning in which the hours of each validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours children will graduate from the Children’s University Canterbury Partnership. Certificates will be presented at graduation ceremonies held at either a University or other high profile location.

Children’s University is child led, meaning that children choose what activities they would like to participate in, and participation occurs on a voluntary basis. “You can learn anywhere.. not just in a classroom and you can learn from all sorts of people in all sorts of situations,” The Honourable Lea Stevens, Northern Connections.