Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Jason Lee with Ludmilla Primary School students Marcus White, Keanu Fejo and Quinesha Narbulhbulh at the Children’s University
Jason Lee with Ludmilla Primary School students Marcus White, Keanu Fejo and Quinesha Narbulhbulh at the Children’s University

Territory kids get sneak peek at Uni

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Almost 100 youngsters had fun learning about Aboriginal culture, geology, singing, aquaculture and nursing at the Children's University Charles Darwin (CUCD) Community Day.

Students from Ludmilla, Millner, Manunda Terrace, Jingili and Larrakeyah primary schools are taking part in the Charles Darwin University-based program this year. 

CUCD Program Coordinator Virginia Spicer-Harden said the program has grown since its trial last year.

"Jingili, Millner and Larrakeyah primary schools are new participants," she said. “Also, the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club, The Burning Circus and Tracks Dance Company are among the new Learning Destinations."

Ms Spicer-Harden said many children nowadays were glued to mobile phones, game consoles and TVs in their spare time.  

“It’s about encouraging children to get out, have fun and learn new things in their spare time," she said.

“Studies have shown that Children’s University has a positive impact on school attendance and retention, with many students pursuing higher education.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success Professor Philip Seltsikas said the program, free for 2019, was a partnership with schools, parents and presently 24 Learning Destinations.

Primary school students aged from seven to 14 must register 30 hours of learning outside of school hours at participating Learning Destinations to graduate. There are 65 Territory alumni from the Children's University Charles Darwin program.

Local primary schools and organisations are encouraged to apply. For more information W: cdu.edu.au/childrens-university or E: childrensuniversity@cdu.edu.au