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Children’s University Graduation Ceremonies 2020 at ECU

More than 150 young Children’s University members donned their mortarboards and gowns to graduate from the Children’s University Australasia (CUA) program held at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Joondalup.

More than 150 young Children’s University members donned their mortarboards and gowns to graduate from the Children’s University Australasia (CUA) program held at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Joondalup. The awards recognise 30 hours of learning outside of the classroom, and this year also included a National Silver Postgraduate Award for over 465 hours of learning.

Held over two evenings, graduates from 12 schools across the north metropolitan area of Perth, celebrated with ECU Academics and their families to acknowledge their hours of learning in this program. The awards were presented by Colin Pettit; the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership

COVID-19 challenges

The disruptions and challenges brought upon by COVID-19 were no match for these young WA Children’s University Graduates, who still managed to achieve their graduation goals.

When delivering his address to his fellow 2020 graduates, Daniel from Wanneroo Primary School stated, “I encourage you to keep your enthusiasm for learning and remember that life is a wonderful journey where you never really stop learning”. Daniel’s Children’s University School Coordinator explained that “Through Daniel’s participation in the Children’s University over the past few years he has not only gained and developed new skills and friends, but his self-esteem and self-confidence have also improved immensely”.

Making learning fun

There are no lectures or tests, instead through a Passport to Learning children participating in the Children’s University program engage in fun, quality assured learning activities of their choice beyond the classroom. Constructing cubby houses with secret trap doors and pulley systems, writing comic books, learning coding and robotics, cooking, playing sports, writing book reviews, building simple machines, making worm farms, growing vegetables, conducting science experiments, and engaging in a range of fun workshops at local libraries are only a small range of the learning experiences shared amongst the 2020 graduates.

ECU School of Education Executive Dean Professor Stephen Winn said the Children’s University program was an example of shared values and goals to broaden educational and learning opportunities for children who might otherwise not be able to have these learning experiences.

Find out more on the ECU Children's University website.

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