The Port Arthur Historic Site has recently become a learning destination for the Children’s University Tasmania.
Children’s University Tasmania (CU Tasmania) is part of the University of Tasmania and the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, a specialist centre established to better understand the issues that constrain Tasmanian educational outcomes.
The Children’s University concept offers educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years outside of the normal classroom program and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations.
The model involves local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries, and school clubs) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage.
Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning from their school in which the hours of validated activity are recorded. Students who visit Port Arthur, outside of a formal school visit, can now have their Passport to Learning stamped at the ticketing counter.
Find out more about the Children’s University on their website: http://childrensuniversity.com.au/