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May 3 2012 2:08PM
 
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Nadine Ford-Kritzinger

The third annual Growsmart literacy competition, which promotes the importance of literacy, is hotting up.

This weekend's second round of the competition, which kicked off last month in Mitchells Plain, will take the participating pupils closer to winning prizes for future education, as well as for their schools.

The competition, an initiative spearheaded by Growthpoint Properties, is aimed at primary school pupils in grades 4, 5 and 6, and involves one team of three pupils and one mentor representing their school to stand a chance of winning prizes for their school valued at more than R200000.

The prizes come in the form of improvements to the winning school, while each of the winning pupils receives financial assistance to the value of R20000 towards their future education.

Growthpoint assistant regional manager and Growsmart spokesperson Jewel Harris said: "We work in close collaboration with the Western Cape education department to ensure the success of the Growsmart competitions".

"We launched the project in 2010 to promote the importance of literacy among primary school pupils and to improve their literacy performance in a fun and exciting way," she said.

"Participating schools are identified by the education department", she said.

To date, Growsmart has grown in leaps and bounds. A total of 168 schools with 62000 pupils in Cape Town will be competing.

Based loosely on the concept of a spelling bee, the competition encourages pupils to go a two steps further, with teams required to accurately spell a word, provide its definition and use it in a sentence.

The competition takes place over three levels, with the grand finale taking place on the UN's International Literacy Day, on September 8.

nadinef@thenewage.co.za

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