My mother would roll her eyes and sigh Here We Go Again whenever I raised the subject of the private school education afforded my brothers and sister – and not me. She’d hear it coming, the reedy whine as my voice got higher and higher, to a pitch that made small dogs whimper. I still think that my sorrow and anger were justified. You judge… In 1963, 15 years after the start of apartheid, a man called Michael Stern started the exclusive, multi racial private school, Waterford Kamhlaba, in Mbabane, Swaziland. He said he’d acted “as a response to separate and unequal educational systems” – meaning in neighbouring South Africa.The school was affiliated with the United World Colleges – whose aim (according to its mission statement) was “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Kurt Hahn founded UWC in 1962, a year before Michael Stern started Waterford. Today 17 schools and colleges on four continents operate under the auspices...

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