About Children's University
To inspire a passion for lifelong learning from a young age and as part of its commitment to widen participation and support students from diverse backgrounds to access higher education, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is partnering with Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Children’s University Australasia.
Through the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership (CUWAP) and with the UWA Albany Centre, UWA is delighted to bring Children’s University to schools and communities in Albany, the Peel region and Perth.
Through a ‘Passport to Learning’, children aged 7-14 from partner primary schools participate in learning activities of their choice beyond the classroom. Their achievements are recognised each year with a formal graduation and certificates, where children wear caps and gowns just like older students do at university graduations. Families are closely involved in the program, joining children in their learning journey and supporting their goals.
The CUWAP program embraces local learning opportunities offered by places such as public libraries, zoos, parks, museums, art galleries, theatres, sporting clubs, school clubs as well as businesses. All learning experiences are designed to have links to higher education learning and courses.
We would like to thank the following supporters of the Children’s University at UWA:
- Rio Tinto
How you can be involved
The Children’s University Western Australia Partnership team welcome anyone who shares our commitment to fostering aspirations and a love of learning for children of all backgrounds to consider supporting Children’s University in Western Australia.
Schools first become a Children’s University Australasia (CUA) member and appoint a School Coordinator before inviting interested students at their school to become members. Although open to all, the CUA program particularly aims to reach children and young people, aged seven to 14 years, facing socio-economic and educational disadvantage. Families interested in participating can encourage their school to join the program.
Public Learning Destinations that provide outstanding learning opportunities for children and their families are critical to the success of Children’s University.
Members of the UWA community, including staff, students or alumni, can work with the Children’s University team to provide outstanding learning activities for primary school students, or volunteer for events such as Children’s University annual graduations.
Please contact the team to learn more about the program and find out how to be involved.
Schools we work with
Current partner schools include:
- Boddington District High School
- Cooloongup Primary School
- Flinders Park Primary School
- Great Southern Grammar
- Little Grove Primary School
- North Harrisdale Primary School
- Rockingham Beach Primary School
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Pinjarra
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Waroona
- Spencer Park Primary School
- Partners include:
- Albany Public Library
- Albany Visitor Centre
- Albany's Historic Whaling Station
- Aloha Surfhouse
- Aquarium Of Western Australia (AQWA)
- Army Museum Of Western Australia
- Art Gallery Of Western Australia (AGWA)
- Baldivis Children's Forest
- City Of Bayswater Libraries
- City Of Joondalup Libraries
- City of Rockingham Libraries
- City Of Swan Libraries
- City Of Wanneroo Libraries
- City Of Wanneroo Museums
- Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah
- Educated By Nature
- Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Sciences Museum (UWA)
- Emma Blyth
- Fossicker's Tip Shop
- Fremantle Prison
- Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park (FFRNP)
- Gravity Discovery Centre And Observatory
- Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellent (GSCORE)
- Great Southern Science Council (GSSC)
- Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (UWA)
- Mug 'n Brush
- Murray Aquatic & Leisure Centre
- Murray Public Library
- Museum of the Great Southern
- Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre
- Peel Bright Minds
- Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
- Perth Zoo
- Philosophical Engagement in Public Life (PEiPL)
- Ranger Red's Zoo & Conservation Park
- State Library Of Western Australia (SLWA)
- Telethon Kids Institute Discovery Centre
- The Nostalgia Box
- UWA Sport
- Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC)
- Whiteman Park
First Children’s University class graduates
UWA has celebrated the graduation, with some students completing more than 130 hours of learning.Read more
UWA and ECU launch Children’s University partnership
UWA and ECU have partnered to deliver the Children’s University Australasia program in WA, to nurture aspirations from an early age.Read more
UWA's youngest students visit campus
Recreating ancient fish fossils, building floating platforms and making 3D face scans were all on the program when 28 primary school students and their families visited UWA this week.Read more