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UWC opens second school in Africa

United World Colleges, a network of institutions specialised in the education of students aged 16 to 19, has announced the launch of its second school in Africa, which will join its family of now 18 schools around the globe.

Along with studying the IB, students will be able to visit local mountain ranges as part of UWC's Outdoor Pursuits Program. Photo: UWC

The new school will be the provider's second school on the continent

UWC East Africa is due to open in August at the International School Moshi, which consists of two campuses in Tanzania and was originally set up in 1969.

“Our rapidly changing world needs a new kind of leadership that is globally-minded”

The new school will be the provider’s second school on the continent – its other being in Eswatini, in southern Africa.

The move will see a “substantial change” in the student body, with the aim to create a more diverse range of international students.

More than 50% of the students will attend on scholarships, according to UWC.

“We’re very excited about adding to our already diverse community and broadening our reach in East Africa and beyond,” Anna Marsden, director of UWC East Africa, said in a statement.

“Tanzania’s natural resources and mountainous landscape will give UWC East Africa’s students something they can’t get elsewhere, with plenty of opportunities to experience the mountains and the Indian Ocean coastline.”

UWC East Africa will welcome 80 students on its International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in August, while the school’s Outdoor Pursuits Program will include expeditions to local mountain ranges.

“Our rapidly changing world needs a new kind of leadership that is globally-minded, compassionate and courageous and that thrives on diversity,” Jens Waltermann, executive director, UWC International said.

“We are thrilled to bring UWC’s unique experiential education to Tanzania and to offer scholarships for students from East Africa and across the globe to access our IB Diploma Program irrespective of their ability to pay.”

Students will learn to become “leaders in their communities and bridge builders in a world that will only solve its problems through cooperation”, Waltermann added.

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