01 July 2008
Caerphilly county borough council has hosted its very first Children's University Awards following the success of a pilot scheme across the area.
The ceremony took place at Llancaiach Fawr on Thursday (30th June) when forty young people attended to receive certificates for their participation in the scheme.
A number of educational organisations from the county borough took part in the Children's University pilot, which recognised young people's attendance of informal activities that are not part of the school curriculum or any other formal education.
These organisations include the council's Youth Service and Sports Development Team, Rhymney Comprehensive School, and Senghenydd Youth Drop-in Centre.
A wide range of activities was on offer to the young people taking part in the project. These included sport and physical activity, music IT and gardening.
Merfyn Lloyd Jones, Children's University National Development Officer, said, "It was a pleasure and a privilege to participate in such a successful event. Today's award ceremony was a testimony to the participation, commitment and enjoyment of young people in out of school hours learning and in developing healthy attitudes to lifelong learning. Congratulations to all the students."
Children's University is a national initiative, which encourages young people to get involved with all sorts of informal learning activities. By taking part in these activities children can build up credits towards a Children's University-recognised award.
The initiative is divided into three sections, based on age. Kids College is aimed at children aged 5-8, Children's University targets 9-13 year olds and the Youth University is for young people aged 14-19.
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