"Education is about exposure. Its not just about academics but also character development," says, Stacey Brewer

It became apparent to Stacey Brewer, 31, while she was studying for her MBA, that education in South Africa was in dire straits and required “more than just a Band-Aid”. It demanded systemic change.

So she decided that, if she wanted to raise children here, she needed do something about it. Cue Spark Schools: a network of private primary schools dedicated to “delivering accessible, high-quality education to South Africans”.

Pioneering a blended learning model – a combination of teacher-led and computer-based learning – Spark scholars are taught using a self-paced, individualised approach.

And true to their promise to be “accessible”, a year’s tuition is on a par with government schools. You could say Spark is as much a new wave of education as Brewer’s approach is to commerce.

Make no mistake, Brewer is an entrepreneur, not an educator: creating a business platform and opportunity for teachers and scholars to deliver the results. Which is exactly what they’re doing: proving everyone wrong by showing them what can be done with a small budget and a big vision. In our books, Brewer deserves an A+.

Find Brewer on Twitter: @stace_d_brewer