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Willem van der Velden, Academic Head

Willem van der Velden qualified with a BA in Waldorf Education in 1988, after which he taught for 5 years at primary level. He then took on the training of teachers, first in the Gambia (West-Africa) and from 1996 in Cape Town. In 1999 he graduated with an MA in Education through Oxford Brookes University, after a comparative research of the Waldorf curriculum and the then newly introduced Curriculum 2005. He was a project manager for the first seven years of the Zenzeleni School in Khayelitsha. Since 2001, he has been the Centre's Academic Head.

Helen Stotko, Managing Director

Helen began her career as an Occupational Therapist. Skills and practical experience learnt in this field enabled her to enter qualitative market research. Her interest and enjoyment prompted her to study Marketing through the Institute of Marketing Management. Research work opened the doors to many valuable experiences socially, politically and practically, both nationally and internationally. Interacting through group discussions and individual interviews with people in South Africa awakened her interest in Civil Society. Stepping into the Centre for Creative Education in 1995 was therefore a natural progression. Helen then became a part-time student of the Centre by studying for the Diploma in Kindergarten. Her love of young children fuels her passion to bring a different kind of education that values the richness of the human being.

Board of Directors

  1. Andile Makubalo, Department of Foreign Affairs
  2. Beulah Reeler, Course Leader and Lecturer, Teacher Education
  3. Gavin Wilensky, Business Owner & Entrepreneur
  4. Helen Stotko, Centre for Creative Education, Managing Director and Executive Director
  5. Liz Smith (chair), Eurythmist, Teacher and Researcher in the field of social process and development
  6. Nobuhle Mbatani, Zenzeleni School, Teacher
  7. Peter van Alphen, Centre for Creative Education, Founder and Lecturer
  8. Ronnie Muhl, Entrepreneur
  9. Silke Sponheuer, Centre for Creative Education, Head of Department (Eurythmy)
  10. Sue Davidoff, Social Development Practitioner