Alumni Newsletter 2019/04

The Value of a Waterford Education

Thank you to all who have already participated in the Harvard UWC Impact Study. If you have not completed the survey, we hope that you will add your voice to this critical evaluation of the UWC experience. You have till October 13, 2019 to make your voice heard. The study seeks to show the impact of a UWC education on the skills and attitudes of its graduates. Due to limited empirical research to demonstrate this, UWC partnered with researchers from The Good Project of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who are conducting this scientific study that investigates the impact of a UWC education on UWC graduates. 

So far only 2% of Waterford’s alumni have participated in the online survey - let’s make sure we increase that number by 13 October! 

Why is it so important that as many alumni as possible take part? 
  • We talk a lot about the impact of a UWC education but this study will allow us to understand what impact it really has,
  • It will help us to further develop the UWC experience based on empirical research,
  • This is a unique opportunity to put UWC on the map of the education discourse (hopefully ending the “UWC is the world’s best-kept secret in education” situation) and
  • A successful study could lead to UWC’s mission and values being integrated into education models around the world.
This is why we need you. In order to improve the UWC experience itself and broaden the influence of UWC worldwide, it is vital that the researcher team from Harvard has a large sample of answers to draw from. Your answers will be accessible only to the researchers from Harvard. In other words: no UWC entity will have access to the raw data to ensure independent research and analysis. 
All alumni are eligible to participate in the study. We have ONE WEEK left to participate in this study!

For any questions related to UWC's involvement in the study or technical problems please contact the UWC International Office.
WK alumni Andrew Foose (USA, WK 78-82) and Onele Bikitsha (SA, WK 12-17) recently shared their experiences on completing the survey. Here is what they had to say.

Andrew Foose (USA, WK 78-82)

Onele Bikitsha (SA, WK 12-17)


Caroline Carlson 
(USA, WK 87-92)

"Waterford plays a role in my life every single day. WK taught me discipline and to make studies and learning a priority always. It taught me to keep my mind open to opportunities and to never close myself into one category. It truly instilled a critical progressive perspective in all that I do, a call to value diversity and differences in every person and culture." Read more

WK News

WK's 2019 BraveGirl team with the participants   

BraveGirl Initiative 
WK's BraveGirl Camp is making a positive impact in the local community of eSwatini. This initiative was started by WK students in 2017 with the aim of bringing together Swazi teenage girls from, mostly, schools around Mbabane to engage in discussions on women’s empowerment with our students.  

The project combines a five-night residency camp, which includes a day-long job shadowing experience, as well as providing training for the teachers from the girls’ schools. During the job shadowing, the girls are given an opportunity to see the life of a working woman in business institutions around Mbabane and Ezulwini in eSwatini. Read more about this initiative.
WK's students marching for climate change

Climate Change Kids
WK's student-led environmental action group, Climate Kids, recently organized eSwatini's first ever march for climate change. The students are inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg, an adolescent social activist from Sweden who has inspired the youth of the world to come together to alert world leaders on the urgent need to address Global Warming through a protest called #FridaysforFuture.

Last week on Friday October 4, our students delivered a petition to the office of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of eSwatini. Every Friday Waterford students will be engaged in some activities to continue to bring awareness on the effects of global warming. Read more
The Advancement Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with any of us and we'll be happy to help:

Banele Nkambule Alumni Coordinator
Nosimilo Khumalo Engagement Officer 
Nonkululeko Msweli Database Assistant 
Mancoba Mabuza Communications & PR 
Lizz Mhangami Advancement Director 

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