Durban - Growing up as a little girl in a poor family in Greenwood Park, north of Durban, Ronwyn Lawson was always fascinated with numbers.
And while many around her dropped out of high school to find work, Lawson knew that getting an education was a sure way to climb out of poverty.
So when she matriculated at Parkhill Secondary in 1987 she was the first in her family to do so. She went on to study teaching at the then Bechet College and soon after went to teach at an impoverished township school – where she taught Mathematics and Accounting. While teaching she completed her Bachelor of Education, Honours at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
She would later join a top private school in Durban where she taught her passion, Mathematics.
“But I had this nagging feeling that I should be doing more and could be doing more to empower people, especially young girls in Maths and Accounting. I could have easily been a statistic, fallen out of school, got a job and accepted that. So when I look at young people who have not reached their full potential, I want to do something about it,” she said.