Local primary students will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of new learning experiences at iconic Albany destinations with the launch of the Children’s University program this week. Albany’s Historic Whaling Station is one of the first destinations to partner with this initiative.
To inspire a passion for lifelong learning from a young age and as part of its commitment to widen participation and support for students from diverse backgrounds to access higher education, The University of Western Australia is partnering with Edith Cowan University and Children’s University Australasia to form the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership. This is made possible through Rio Tinto’s generous support of UWA’s education and equity programs.
The Children’s University model is simple, effective and a lot of fun! Children’s University encourages and celebrates child-lead learning, beyond the classroom, for children aged 7 – 14 years, with a focus on ‘real world learning’ and community-based learning experiences.
The children from our partner primary schools can ‘travel’ to a Learning Destination of their choice using their ‘Passport to Learning’. The Learning Destination provides a learning activity in which Children’s University members can participate in to receive time and a stamp in their Passport. Their achievements are recognised each year with a formal graduation, where children wear caps and gowns just like older students do at university graduations. Families are closely involved in the program, joining children in their learning journey and supporting their goals.
Partner Learning Destinations, such as Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, are critical to the success of Children’s University. From in-depth activities on art and shells, through to exploring the museums extensive historical exhibits, there is a learning experience for all abilities and interests.