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Children's University

What is the Children’s University?

The Children’s University Australasia (CUA) concept is relatively simple: the program helps to inspire a passion for learning from an early age for children and celebrates this learning journey outside of the classroom.  The CUA program provides a framework to nurture aspirations, encourage children to discover new passions, visit new places, develop new skills and, above all, have fun!

Children’s University Western Australia Partnership

The CUA is an internationally recognised and established model that was proudly launched in Western Australia by Edith Cowan University in December 2017. We are pleased to announce that the CUA is now delivered by Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia through the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership (CUWAP).

Edith Cowan University has campuses in Mount Lawley, Joondalup and in Bunbury, while the University of Western Australia has campuses in Crawley and Albany.

How does it work?

The CUWAP program embraces local learning opportunities offered by places such as public libraries, zoos, parks, museums, art galleries, theatres, sporting clubs, school clubs as well as businesses. These are called Learning Destinations.

All CUWAP’s learning experiences are designed to have links to higher education learning and courses. For example:

  • School STEM Club = science, engineering, computing, maths;
  • Sports Club = sports science, health science, teacher education;
  • Theatre = performing arts, acting, dance, arts management.

There are no lectures or tests, instead through a Passport to Learning children participate in fun, quality learning activities of their choice beyond the classroom. The program recognises the children’s hours of participation through the award of certificates presented at a graduation ceremony. These special ceremonies are held at a university campus with families and guests, where graduating children are dressed in a cap and gown, just like university students.

How can you join the CUWAP network?

Schools first become a Children’s University Australasia (CUA) member and appoint a School Coordinator before inviting interested students at their school to become members. Although open to all, the CUA program particularly aims to reach children and young people, aged seven to 14 years, facing socio-economic and educational disadvantage.

If you are interested in connecting as a Learning Destination or Partner School in Western Australia , please contact a member of the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership team at ECU at: childrensuniversity@ecu.edu.au.

The Australian Government, Department of Education and Training’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) currently fund the program.

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