Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The university's youngest alumni enjoy their graduation
The university's youngest alumni enjoy their graduation

Territory’s youngest alumni graduate

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

A group of youngsters recently graduated from Children’s University Charles Darwin, making them the first Territory alumni of the international program.

More than one-third of the 65 children identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Students from Driver, Manunda Terrace and Ludmilla primary schools participated in the pilot program that fosters and rewards the love of learning.

Children’s University Charles Darwin Program Coordinator Virginia Spicer-Harden said the program encouraged future participation in higher education with children aged seven to 14.

“Studies have shown that Children’s University has a positive impact on school attendance and retention, and students then pursuing higher education,” Ms Spicer-Harden said.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success Professor Philip Seltsikas said the voluntary program was delivered in partnership with schools, parents and a range of Learning Destinations such as Parliament House, libraries and the museum.

The Children’s University, owned globally by the Children’s University Trust, was established in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s.

Local primary schools and organisations are encouraged to participate in the program. For more information visit W: cdu.edu.au/childrens-university