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Title of Initiative / Project
The Children's University
Name of Organiser
The Children's University Foundation
Start and ending date of the Initiative
2007 (ongoing)
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Type of deliverables
Teaching Methodology, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Target Group
Description of the initiative
The Children's University Foundation is a non-profit organization. Since 2007, they have been carrying out modern educational programes for children aged 6-14, resembling university lectures and workshops, applying active teaching methods.
The topics of classes go beyond the school curriculum, and the teachers are academics, enterpreneurs, artists and other specialists.
They cooperate with more than a dozen higher education institutions, such as: Jagiellonian University, University of Warsaw, University of Wroclaw, University of Warmia and Mazury, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Academy of Special Education.
"We want to educate as many children as possible, using modern methods. We believe that it is important to develop teaching methods on the basis of research, to make the children inquisitive and enable them to experiment on an on-going basis, also in schools.
For this reason, the fees for participation in our programs are the lowest possible, and do not cover the actual costs of their organization. All our initiatives need funding."
Educational programs
- Academic program for students aged 6-14 - university classes
- Lessons' scenarios for the primary schools' teachers

The Children's University means:
- the oldest and the largest children's university in Poland
- 4 centers: Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, Olsztyn
- 6000 students aged 6-14
- 320 different classes a year (lectures and workshops at universities)
- 450 lecturers and scientists
- 8000 parents involved
- regular lecture sessions for parents
- 500 volunteers
- 53 teachers using our lesson scenarios on regular basis
More Information
Children's University is educational offer for the youngest pupils Classes are held in different cities of Poland. The project included the universities from across the Polish which raises the level. This is a good way to encourage children to science education from an early age. Scenariusze lekcji website was (Lesson plans) developed to published ideas for lessons in mathematics and science Scenarios are developed in an interesting way and illustrated by film introductions
Teachers’ Opinion
Very good initiative to encourage students to learn from an early age through play and raising curiosity. Children are engaged in activities which increases their motivation. page contains useful resources for teachers of mathematics, science, and social sciences.
Students’ Opinion
Cool website. Many photos and movies. On Facebook, you can learn about the latest lectures and trainings. Good idea. You can use these materials.

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