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Joshua Cox

I was at Constantia Waldorf School from 1996 (class 11) – 1998 (class 13). Previously I was at Michael Oak Waldorf School. What stood out for me about my education was the quality of the teaching and the teachers‟ dedication to ensuring we were well-equipped for further studies, for work and for life.

I have only good memories of school, it was never something that I dreaded like so many other school learners do. The creative way in which the learning was delivered made it interesting and engaging. The high quality of the education really helped with my tertiary studies – I definitely felt I had an advantage over other varsity students. Perhaps the two most important qualities that Waldorf education helped develop was a strong ability to be creative and innovative, as well as an attitude of always questioning and never just accepting what is put in front of you as being the truth.

After school I worked in the UK and travelled through Africa, Europe and Canada for two years, including a month I spent running a team of sled dogs in the far north of Canada. After that I studied a BSc degree in conservation at the University of Stellenbosch. I started my career in social development and conservation, working first with rural communities next to game reserves in South and East Africa, working for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and then as an activist for traditional fishing communities.

For the past 18 months I have been running “Fix Forward ”, a social enterprise I founded focused on training tradesmen entrepreneurs (painters, carpenters, plumbers, etc.) from low income communities and connecting them with people wanting to do renovations.

The creation of Fix Forward (www.fixforward.co.za) is perhaps my biggest achievement and a real high point. Working for other organisations I always knew that if I left they would simply find someone else and the work would continue. It is the most remarkable thing to build an organisation out of your own idea, seeing it come to life and impact people lives positively.

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