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Hats off to young graduates!

by Gemma Melling

Graduates as young as five donned their mortarboards and gowns to mark the end of another successful summer for Knowsley Children’s University.

Thousands of 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.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:

“It’s clear to see on the faces of the young children who take part what the experience of ‘graduating’ means to them.


“Not only do they have so much fun taking part in the Children’s University programme, learning new skills, making new friends and taking up new hobbies, but it really inspires them and makes them think about their ambitions for the future.


“It’s really important to show our young people that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve whatever they put their minds to, and that’s exactly what Children’s University is all about.


“I’d also really like to thank the families of the young people – your help and encouragement, and obvious pride in watching your children graduate – is something they will never forget.”

Here’s how Knowsley celebrated the graduations:


What is Knowsley Children’s University?

Knowsley Children’s University started in 2008 and has grown in numbers every summer.

Participating children receive different awards based on the number of hours of activity they take part in.

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.

How can I find out more?

To learn more about Children’s University visit the national website www.childrensuniversity.co.uk.