Top 5 Queens in Education
I’m sure you know by now that I’m a big fan of women getting educated and beating the odds, so it’s only right that I celebrate the ones who are. Here are a few of those powerful, and inspirational women.
Dr. Mmaki Jantjies
Not only is she one of the youngest women to complete a PhD in computer science in SA, but she’s also the head of the Information Systems Department at University of Western Cape. Dr. Jantjies also develops software for education in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
“My advice to young women is to find their passion and to never allow anyone or the environment to dictate the epitome of their career and success.”
You might recognise Rapelang Rabana from when I featured her as my #WCW a while ago, but here’s a little more about this tech-entrepreneur. She founded an online education platform called “Rekindle Learning” ; which gives students and even industry professionals learning tools and applications that helps with their studies.
“Learn to trust your intuition and pursue the areas that interest you most. Software and technology is all about creating something from your imagination.”
Mmabatho is another entrepreneur whose company, Mathemaniacs, offers one-on-one maths, science and accounting tutoring that helps students by applying teachings to real-life situations. She was also a runner up in the 2011 SME Toolkit South Africa Young Entrepreneurs Business Plan competition.
“If you dream of becoming an entrepreneur, go for it! Everyone may not believe in your idea in the beginning, but you need to remain fully committed.”
Lindelwa started her journey in education by teaching accounting and economic management sciences through LEAP Schools and was eventually offered the opportunity to lead a school in Langa.
“You can excel academically but if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for you will not succeed. I believe education is being the better version of yourself.”
Singathwa is a mentor with an organisation called Vision-4-Women- a programme that supports young women by grooming them for their next step in life. She’s also the co-founder of Singalakha Development Organisation (SDO), a company that is improving the academic lives of people in the Tzaneen area through literacy, education and life skills.
“I decided this would be my way of empowering the girl-child.”
Do you know of any other inspirational women who are empowering communities and other women through education? Let me know in the comments.
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