The Black Country Children’s University™ (BCCU) which comprises three campuses in Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley,launched on October 1at the Performance Hub at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus.
Coordinated by the University, the BCCU is part of the national Children’s University Trust™ which is an international organisation aiming to promote social mobility by providing high-quality, exciting and innovative out of-school-hours learning activities to children and young people aged 7-14 years.
Children who are signed up to the Children’s University will own a Passport to Learning in which they are encouraged to collect hours of learning towards recognised levels of achievement.
The aim of the BCCU is to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests.
Over 70 guests including teachers and local providers from the Black Country attended the University to celebrate the launch.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, opened the event and presentations were showcased by staff members of the University and the BCCU.
Amy Allen, Outreach and Progression Co-ordinator and Black Country Children’s University Coordinator said: “The Black Country Children’s University launch event was a huge success and it is an initiative that we are proud to support at the University of Wolverhampton.
“Not only does the Children’s University aim to raise aspirations and levels of achievement, it also aims to engage whole communities and parents in the learning experience, something which we wholeheartedly support.”
Annual graduation ceremonies for the BCCU will be held at the University of Wolverhampton for families to celebrate their children’s success.
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Date Issued: 15 October 2014