Graduates as young as five donned their mortarboards and gowns to mark the end of another successful summer for Knowsley Children’s University.
More than 1,900 young people aged 5-14 took part in the four-week long Children’s University programme this year. The scheme organises fun and educational activities for children, designed to help them broaden their knowledge and skills while trying new hobbies and making friends. At the end of the programme the young people enjoyed a graduation ceremony, hosted at Liverpool Hope University’s Childwall Campus.
“It aims to give children a lifelong love of learning which will stand them in good stead for their future lives.”
Cllr See added: “It was fantastic to attend the graduation ceremonies and see how inspirational it was, not only to the children who had taken part, but also to their families.”
This year, children from 30 of Knowsley’s schools took part in the Children’s University, which started in 2008 and has grown in numbers every summer. More than 5,000 children have now graduated in total.
Participating children receive different awards based on the number of hours of activity they take part in. The highest award presented this year was a silver degree to Charli Clarkeof Eastcroft Park Primary School in Kirkby for 360+ hours of extracurricular learning. Charli has attended Children’s University for a number of years, enabling her to achieve this incredible amount of additional learning.
Children’s University is a national programme that aims to recognise and reward additional learning outside the classroom. At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning.
To learn more about Children’s University visit the national website www.childrensuniversity.co.uk .
Pictured: Young graduates from this year’s Knowsley Children’s University