Educating South Africans remains one of the most pressing problems facing the country.
Finalists in the education category of this year's Shoprite Checkers and SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award have, therefore, been doing their best to empower South Africans with knowledge.
Under chairman Teboho Moja, the judges sifted through hundreds of entries to select the three finalists.
One of the finalists, Carole Podetti-Ngono, has dedicated her life to bringing the best out of South African schoolchildren by teaching them the country's constitutional values and developing self-esteem and confidence in thousands of pupils and teachers.
She is the founder of the Valued Citizens Initiative, a programme on the South African constitutional values endorsed by the national Department of Education .
The initiative was launched in 2000 as a pilot project in conjunction with the Gauteng department of education at Ikaneng and Zola primary schools in Soweto.
It started with 146 pupils. Seven years later, the programme expanded to 1020 primary and high schools in Gauteng, Free State and Limpopo, with more than 340000 pupils.
The other two finalists are Molly Malete and Candice Benjamin.
Malete, an advocate of the high court of South Africa, has helped to educate communities on the country's different laws.
Benjamin is a youth talkshow host with the KwaZulu-Natal Lotus FM.
One of the finalists will be selected as the category winner at a gala event.
The overall winner will then be selected from one of the seven category winners. Profiles of the finalists will be broadcast on SABC 2 starting on July 16.