Chris Maxted hails from Dorset, UK, and received a BA in Fine Art from London Guildhall University in 2002 before co-founding Earwig Books, a creative publishers involved in developing participatory educational projects. After seven years in London, in 2006 he qualified and began working as a teacher until leaving the UK for Asia in late 2009.
He first travelled to Gorkha region in 2010, where he spent a total of 4 months working in collaboration with the Gorkha Foundation towards making sustainable improvements to the quality of rural education in this part of Nepal.
In 2011, in partnership with Gorkha Foundation, Chris initiated the Rural Education Network project – aimed at providing training for teachers in using pupil-centred techniques in the classroom. This was followed by several visits over the following years to pilot training programs in the district, which have since fed into Gorkha Foundation’s educational remit.
Chris currently teaches in Hong Kong, and continues to work in close partnership with Gorkha Foundation to develop their educational strategies.