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Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa

Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa

Waterford Park, Mbabane H100, Eswatini

+268 24220867



Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1963
Status Private
Head of College Jackie Otula
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 11-20 years
Number of pupils 627
Two-year fee €40,000 (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 15-26
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Elizabeth Cummergen
Associations IB, UWC


Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa was founded in 1963 as a response to the separate and unequal educational systems in South Africa. When His Majesty King Sobhuza II visited the school, he gave it the name "Kamhlaba", which meant both "of the world" and also that we are "of the earth" and without distinctions such as race. Differently to all the other schools, the academic year runs from January to November.

Inside the Classroom

Waterford offers the Waterford curriculum in the junior school, the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program in the middle school and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the senior school. For the IBDP, alongside standard courses SiSwati, French, Spanish, Anthropology, Psychology, Business Management, Music, Theatre are offered.

Outside the Classroom

Waterford is an ambassador of UWC's mission on the continent and having educated a large group of African changemakers since its inception. With the School having been the first multiracial school in Southern Africa; founded as a direct response to its system of apartheid, its history of embracing and celebrating diversity from across Africa and beyond is something deeply ingrained into Waterford Kamhlaba's nature and continues to be at the core of its values today. The School, through community service, has strong relations with local organizations such as the refugee camp and neighborhood care points (children welfare centres). A commitment to community service has been recognized as an essential part of the school's policy, organisation and life. A regular commitment to a service project is required of IBDP and Form 5 students, and projects usually vary from involvement at the local hospital to work for the disabled. UWC WK offers a wide variety of sporting- and recreational activities run by both staff and students (e.g. kayaking, art clubs, etc.).

Campus and Facilities

Ekukhuleni residence accommodates up to 80 Form 1, 2 and 3 students. Esiveni accommodates up to 110 Form 4 and 5 students. Emhlabeni and Elangeni accommodate, respectively, up to 130 and 68 IBDP students, in either single rooms or shared rooms; consisting of separate wings for males and females. Each day there is one male and one female residence tutor on duty in each residence.


Students can apply directly to the school, through their UWC national committee, or through the UWC Global Selection Programme.