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Waterford Kamhalaba


Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA is an international school in Swaziland with a long history of serving the underserved. It was founded at the height of apartheid in South Africa as a multiracial school and has continued the tradition of embracing diversity in all its forms for more than 50 years. Nelson Mandela’s children and grandchildren attended the school.

With university options in Southern Africa far and few between, the last decade has seen a shift in focus to seeking scholarship opportunities overseas, especially in North America, for the high-achieving, low-income students who attend Waterford.

Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA strives to lay the foundation for its students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership in both Africa and the world. We passionately believe that all young people must be given access to education of the highest standard to enable them to realise their potential. Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA is proud to deliver that opportunity to disadvantaged yet talented African students through its Scholarship Programme.

Waterford highly values its socio-economic and cultural diversity. In 1967 His Majesty King Sobhuza II, Ingwenyama of Swaziland, granted Waterford the title “Kamhlaba”, eloquently describing Waterford’s culturally rich and diverse community thus: “We are all of the earth, which does not see differences of colour, religion or race. We are ‘kamhlaba’ – all of one world.”

Waterford is part of the United World Colleges (UWC) system whose mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.