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Kids stride into future learning

Jasnam Kaur, Daniel Mbemap and Latoya Djumadi celebrate learning at graduation
Jasnam Kaur, Daniel Mbemap and Latoya Djumadi celebrate at the Children's University graduation.

More than 50 primary school students, some as young as seven-years-old, have celebrated at a university graduation of their very own at Charles Darwin University.

The students garbed in graduation regalia joined thousands of children graduating from the Children’s University program across the country.

Children’s University coordinates a program of high quality, voluntary learning opportunities outside school hours for children from low SES backgrounds, with a focus on rewarding participation, raising aspirations and encouraging engagement with learning. 

Children’s University Charles Darwin Coordinator Josh Barnes said offering the opportunity to attend university through engaging, self-directed educational activities aims to encourage future participation in higher education.

Activities ranged from a robot engineering workshop to identifying animals at the Territory Wildlife Park. For each activity the students were awarded stamps in a passport towards completing the program.

Manunda Terrace Primary School student Hannah Baczynski said she had participated in the program for the past two years.

“There have been so many fun activities and I have met lots of other kids with similar interests to me,” she said.

Ten-year-old Hannah said the highlight of this year was the visit to the Territory Wildlife Park.

“I want to become a Vet or Wildlife Conservationist so learning about the birds, reptiles and amphibians, and feeding the buffalos was really fun,” she said.

For more information about the program visit W: cdu.edu.au/childrens-university