Co-founders

Soul Action’s vision is to see an integrated South African society, where everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential; a vision that starts with the provision of quality and diverse education in schools that are accessible to families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures. Intercultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and cultural norms and the development of deep relationships. In an intercultural society, no one is left unchanged because everyone learns from one another and grows together.

The Spring Institute, 2016

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Principal leaders

Co-founders Philip and Rachel Bowyer each have more than 25 years’ experience of facilitating international, national, and city-wide ‘intercultural’ spaces within the fields of education, community development, children’s and youth work.  They are the published authors of several books, including A Whole Wide World, Express Community, and Express Community through Schools.

Rachel Bowyer

Rachel Bowyer

As a Qualified Teacher of more than 20 years, Rachel began her vocation ...

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Philip Bowyer

Philip Bowyer

As an Accredited Christian Minister, a Child’s Play Therapy Practitioner (Level 2), and father of ...

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The children

The very idea of quality, diverse and affordable education emerged between 2007 and 2014 amidst the lingering inequality and segregation experienced by millions of South Africans; the ‘school’ was birthed in 2018, as we began to gather groups of children, aged 5-10, to experience, explore, and express themselves through a child-led, inquiry-based and Reggio inspired approach to education.