Children’s University

Encouraging lifelong learning

This year is our third year of involvement with Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi – Children’s University. Lincoln University, in association with the University of Canterbury, deliver the programme which is the first of its kind in New Zealand. Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi – Children’s University aims to encourage lifelong learning and increase young people’s aspirations for higher education. There are two components to the programme:

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

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

2020 Ellesmere College - Te Kāreti o Waihora Children's University Bronze Award graduates at Christchurch Town Hall