Doncaster charity is working with schools to make sure all children have the same opportunities in life

A children's charity in Doncaster is working on big projects that will benefit kids across the town.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:55 am

The Children’s University is a national charity which works in partnership with schools and individuals to develop a love of learning in children.

Stacie Andrew, project co-ordinator at The Children’s University, said: “We work with children aged five and up and encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities.

“The impact of this has proven to be positive, demonstrating a clear link between participation in the Children’s University and achievement and attendance at school.”

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They currently work in 37 schools across Doncaster on a regular basis.

Children will be able to build robots from materials.

Their ethos is to make sure children from all backgrounds get the same opportunities and are exposed to a range of different career opportunities from a young age.

“We’re really excited to be working with DRAX to launch our CU in a box project,” Stacie said.

“We have produced STEM boxes for school children which will help them build a Recycling Robot.

“Kids will be encouraged to use household waste to create their robot such as cardboard boxes.”

The aim is that this will help children explore STEM subjects and possible future careers.

The Children’s University will also be hosting the Doncaster Reading Miles Challenge which is in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

“This project is aimed at key stage two children,” Stacie continued.

“It’s all about making reading fun for children.

“The kids taking part will get a bag full of exciting reading challenges which includes a map where they can add a sticker for every 10 minutes that they read.”

They will also be able to design their own bookmark with craft materials provided.

This project is funded by Doncaster Opportunnuty Area and supported by Doncaster Council.

So far more than 40 schools are taking place but The Children’s University are looking for more to join.

If you want to know more information or get involved you can contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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