Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa
Waterford Park, Mbabane H100, Eswatini
Co-educational Day & Boarding
|Head of College||Stephen Lowry|
|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|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Elizabeth Cummergen|
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 at 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 through their UWC National Committee, through the UWC Global Selection Programme, or directly with the school.