Program Partners

If you or your organisation would like to join the USP’s work in the Cato Manor community, please CONTACT US here. Below is a list of our current and most recent Program Partners.

UKZN Science & Technology Education Centre

UKZN Science & Technology Education Centre, or “STEC” is a museum and hands-on science learning centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus. The USP partners closely with STEC to provide science workshop experiences to more than 450 learners from our schools each year, as well as physical sciences practicals for grade 10-12 through STEC’s Science4U Mobile Science van initiative.

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Eskom Expo For Young Scientists & Engineers

Eskom Expo For Young Scientists & Engineers is South Africa’s premier science competition for high school learners. Our affiliation with Expo as a mentoring site for young scientists and engineers in the regional and national competitions has been a centrepiece of our science enrichment programming since 2013.

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St John

St John is a powerful programming partner to the USP, providing support for every aspect of our First Aid, Vision Screening, and Community Health programmes.

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Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens (Est. 1849) is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and remains a national and local City asset actively contributing to plant conservation and plant-based education. The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust was established in 1993 to support the Gardens key strategic areas in biodiversity, culture, education, heritage, horticulture, people and plants, and research.

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Hawu! Science Outreach Project

Hawu! Science Outreach Project is a mentoring programme organised throughthe School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which we partner with each year to help staff our Expo mentoring programme. Each year, the team of HAWU! Mentors works closely with us over an extended period of time to provide mentoring for participation in the Expo, and in other aspects of our Science Enrichment programming.

Making a Difference

Making a Difference is a program of community engagement based at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 2015 groups of first-year medical students have been volunteering as teaching mentors in our maths programmes, in fulfillment of their required community engagement hours.


PeaceCorps is a global volunteer programme of the United States Department of State. The USP periodically works in partnership with PeaceCorps volunteers who are coducting education programmes in KZN province.

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UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science periodically provides the USP with programming and in-kind support. In particular, we benefit from our patnership with the STEC centre and generous collaborations with the School of Life Sciences.

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US Fulbright Program

US Fulbright Program has provided volunteer support to the USP in a variety of ways. The Fulbright ETA Program provided three full-time English Teaching Assistants to the USP for the 2017 academic year, while the Fulbright Research Program has sponsored the part-time placement of volunteers with the USP in 2016 and in 2018.

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School for International Training

School for International Training, or “SIT” has been a valuable partner to the USP since 2015. As part of SIT’s study abroad programs on Political and Social Transformation, the USP welcomes groups of American university students to spend time on-site with us learning about township education in South Africa during their semester and summer abroad programmes. We are also pleased to have Jade Bezjak, a semester-abroad intern, with us for November of 2018.

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St Henry's Marist College

St Henry’s Marist College is a co-educational private school with a Catholic foundation located on the ridge overlooking Cato Manor in Glenwood, Durban.  St Henry’s partners with the USP in a variety of ways, providing us with access to school facilities and joint programming for St Henry’s and USP learners.  We are excited by the potential for our partnership to become a model for educational collaboration between public and private schools.

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