Waterford Kamhlaba selects its students on the basis of past performance and future potential, not ability to pay. Our bursary programme funds 139 financially disadvantaged African students to attend the school, including 10 from Johannesburgâ€™s impoverished township of Alexandra and 7 gifted students from SOS Childrenâ€™s Villages in Africa, an organisation that caters to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children. A further 56 students are selected from countries beyond Africa, most of whom are on scholarships sourced in their own countries. About 60% of Waterford Kamhlaba students are boarders.
The school provides a supportive community to those from afar and from difficult home circumstances, as well as for those from more stable circumstances who are seeking a high-quality education. It is a central tenet of the Waterford Kamhlaba experience that all students live side by side with others from a wide range of life experiences, and in the process gain a greater sense of tolerance, mutual respect and understanding of a range of cultures.
The Following is a student's account of what it's like being a student here at Waterford. It was presented as a speech by Baldwin Smith (IB2) at UWC Day 2012- Baldwin's Story and Yours Too