Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University
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.