Pupils from across Kincardine and Mearns graduated from the Children’s University last Saturday at a ceremony in Aberdeen.
Pupils from, Arduthie, Bervie, Catterline, Dunnottar, Glenbervie, Lairhillock, Mill O’Forest and Mackie Academy were at the ceremony held at Elphinstone Hall in the Aberdeen University Campus.
Family and friends got to see the young graduates in their graduation gowns, having worked hard for the past six months with the Children’s University.
The Children’s University (CU) aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality out-of-school-hours activities to children aged 7 to 14 and engaging the wider communities as learning partners in this process.
Participation is voluntary and it is intentionally something other than school - with a different feel, different activities and often a different location, peer group and staff. The Children’s University website notes: “At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning. It enables young people to make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.
“The Children’s University aims particularly to reach children and young people facing socio-economic disadvantage through the targeting of grants to, and the promotion of activities in, areas of deprivation. It is here, we believe, that the benefits of high quality provision will be felt most.”
Nationally and locally the Children’s University is lowering the access age to 5 with help from families and carers heavily relied upon when a child that young is taking part in the Children’s University.
CU Scotland’s vision is: “Within five years Children’s University Scotland will have created and established a central infrastructure supporting a Children’s University presence in 80% of Scottish local authority areas.
“The local centres will deliver learning opportunities to help develop confidence, create new possibilities, expectations and life chances for children.”
Well done to all the pupils.