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Children’s University Australasia and Africa (IO) (Children’s University) offers opportunities and recognition to children for completing and participating in beyond school learning. Our hope is that this encourages a love of learning in their pursuit of a future career. Children and young people can only aspire to what they know exists and Children’s University provides them with a system to navigate potential future pathways through this learning.

How do we do this?

Children’s University facilitate superior educational experiences to students outside of school hours and recognises their achievements through a graduation ceremony with certificates. We do this by leveraging local educational activity providers such as museums, theatres, school clubs and sports groups. Engaging a wide range of experiences such as these is proven to develop a child’s self-efficacy, confidence and aspirations. They are encouraged to explore new ideas, concepts and experiences – not simply stick with what they know!

All learning must be linked to a higher education course. For example, a school gardening club links to agronomy, micro-biology, botany, and food science.

Target schools are disadvantaged by location, socio-economic status, and the cultural make-up of the student body. Children’s University aims to break cycles of disadvantage through circumstance. Multiple independent evaluations show Children’s University students have improved school attendance rates by virtue of activities that enhance their school experience. They also achieve better academic results because of a new-found self-confidence in their own potential. Outcomes show students enjoy learning more after participating in Children’s University because they extend their range of interests and see learning in a new light.

Each member aged 5 to 14 receives a Passport to Learning where hours of extra-curricular activities are logged. Hours are accumulated and once the hours needed to graduate are achieved, members are presented with Children’s University certificates at a formal graduation ceremony held at their partner university. Students aged 15 to 18 receive a Passport to Volunteering and are encouraged to participate in Children’s University by volunteering to run clubs and activities, assist with events, and become a role model to younger students.

Benefits to School

Children’s University involvement has been shown, by independent evaluation carried out by The University of Cambridge, to foster ten measures of success - the ‘10 As’.

Research has demonstrated that children who participate in Children’s University activities have, as a consequence, better attendance records than children in the same school who do not participate.


Perhaps the most significant measure of advocacy is the spontaneous adoption of Children’s University internationally. Its international appeal and relevance is hugely significant for schools.


Children’s University participants attain more highly than non-Children’s University counterparts. Evidence shows positive correlations between the time involved in Children’s University activities and performance in tests and exams.


Children’s University participants take on a wide range of learning experiences. This breadth of experience leads to achievement though personal accomplishment and through the depth of expertise gained.


Positive changes in attitudes towards learning for Children’s University attendees has been a consistent finding through evaluations.


Being involved in Children’s University provides opportunity for children to test themselves against more ambitious challenges, which has shown to encourage determination and perseverance.


The value of Children’s University is also measured by adaptability - of children and young people, of teachers and schools, and of the educational system itself.


Children’s University awards have their own special currency, as parents and children attest to the excitement of learning in new ways and in new contexts. Passports play a vital role.


Children’s University participants are encouraged to develop a sense of power, decision making and initiative, allowing them to take control of their own learning journey.


To be able to succeed in other contexts, to visit places beyond one’s own immediate neighbourhood, to see the inside of a university is demonstrated in the data as extending horizons of the possible.


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