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Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University encourages 7 to 17 year olds to engage in exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the classroom.

Children's University

Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University encourages 7 to 17 year olds to engage in exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the classroom.


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Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University aims to raise young people’s aspirations for higher education and encourage lifelong learning. The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are working in partnership to deliver the programme, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand.


There are two components to the programme:

  • Passport to Learning for children aged 7 – 14 years
  • Passport to Volunteering for young people aged 14 – 18 years

Children and young people join the programme through their school or rūnanga and are issued a Passport to Learning or Volunteering. They fill the passport with hours of learning or volunteering outside the school classroom. The passport is stamped by registered Learning Destinations or volunteering organisations.


Once 30 hours of learning or volunteering are reached, students are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements. A video of the 2019 graduation can be viewed here.


Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University enquiries: 

Amy Underdown, Programme Manager – amy.underdown@canterbury.ac.nz 

Jack Swannell, Learning Coordinator – jack.swannell@lincoln.ac.nz

 

Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University Website 
https://cuaustralasia.com/

 

Find out more about the benefits of the Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University here.

 

The CU team would like to thank that Lincoln University Centennial Trust for supporting the CU programme. Their contribution allows children from across Canterbury to participate in learning experiences at Lincoln University.