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“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”

Paulo Freire, The Politics of Education

Hi, I'm Chris Sowton. Thanks for coming to my website to find out more about my work. I've been working in the field of education, in a wide range of different roles, for 25 years. In the early part of my career I worked a lot in Nepal, where I set up the NGO Global Action Nepal, where I am still a trustee today.


As I hope you can see, I'm passionate about educational reform, in particular issues related to educational equity, inclusion and quality. I've worked in many countries in the Global South, with many different educational stakeholders to try and achieve this.

In my personal life, I am very lucky to live in the beautiful city of Bath in the UK with my wife Angie, daughters Liv and Amy, an ageing dog and a spritely kitten. I'm also halfway through doing a doctorate in education, in which my main focus is on the language-in-education policy of South Sudan.

In my spare time, I'm a keen gardener. I'm quite good at the outdoor stuff, but tend to kill most of the plants I have indoors. I also play cricket for the Star Cricket Club, and was the Club Player and Batsman of the Year last year. But you should see the other guys. I also know a lot about George Orwell.  

In my work, I've had the privilege to work with a number of fantastic organisations, including ... 

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I've also been lucky enough to travel to and work in many countries around the world. Look below for some of my favourite pictures and a map of where I have worked. 

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