It is an ongoing discussion how we would define a Children’s University program. What is the difference between other outreach activities at universities and research institutions? How do science camps fit into this scheme?
As a matter of fact there is no simple definition as there is not a single scheme for Children’s Universities. Acknowledging this the euce.net charter was created in various consultations with different partners and practitioners. The charter can be seen as kind of a mission statement of our association and every member is encouraged to implement the below mentioned principles of the charter in their programs as thoroughly.
A Children’s University means
- Encouraging children to be curious and to think critically – the mainsprings of research and science
- Communicating to them the idea of universities and providing insights into academic culture as well as their role in the society at large
- Working with young people in such a way as to help universities to be more responsive and open
- Making encounters between children and “the university” (as a community of academic staff and students) possible
- Enthralling them with diverse scientific fields (from humanities, to social sciences and natural sciences) and with diverse scientific methods unbiased by commercial interest
- Giving young people an understanding of their future educational choice and options
A Children’s University is based on the aims of
- Providing access for all children without boundaries and on a voluntary basis
- Involving and providing benefit for children from disadvan- taged groups (including barriers caused by social or economic, impairment, language or gender)
- Providing an atmosphere of respect without pressure to per- form
- Contributing to the enhancement of universities as concerning organisational, didactical and research development
You can download a layout version of the eucu.net charter.