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Children's University

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The Children’s University is a UK charity that works in partnership with schools and local organisations to foster a love of learning.

Children who participate in Children’s University have the opportunity to learn in a rich range of contexts, experience new places, visit universities and attend their own graduation ceremonies.

To support teachers and students during the pandemic and beyond, in 2021 Cardiff Council  launched a pilot Children's University project with six local schools, supported by Cardiff University.

Through this project children are introduced to the joy of learning, a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops their confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures. Children are given the opportunity to take part in a range of online education activities and teaching resources developed by a host of partners, which now includes Cardiff University.

Upon completion of tasks, students gain points which contribute towards formal recognition of their achievements, build up to their very own graduation ceremony.

We developed thirteen outreach activities for the children’s university website including STEM based activities, Social Sciences, Journalism and History, Archaeology and Religion. We are also supporting the development of a bilingual Children’s University site in partnership with Glyndwr University in north Wales.

Next steps

Cardiff Council have agreed to fund the project and roll it out to a further 30 schools across Cardiff. over the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic year

We will be working with the Council on the phased roll-out of Children’s University Cardiff. We are in the process of  gathering feedback from teachers and students about the resources they would like to see included in the Children’s University.