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


Our Principal leaders

Co-founding Principals Philip and Rachel Bowyer each have more than 25 years’ experience of facilitating city-wide, national and international ‘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.

The children

The notion of quality, diverse, and affordable education emerged between 2007 and 2014, in a context of lingering inequality and segregation that is still experienced by millions of South Africans 25+ years after Apartheid. The ‘school’ itself was birthed after a period of national and international research in 2018, by gathering small groups of children (aged 5-10), to experience, explore, and express themselves through a child-led, inquiry-based and Reggio inspiredapproach to education.

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