The Western Cape identified the unacceptably low literacy levels in their schools as a cause for major concern, since the literacy levels in South African schools are among the lowest globally. This resulted in the birth of Growsmart, an annual inter-school literacy competition aimed at changing awareness and learning behaviour in the school community and tangibly benefiting previously disadvantaged schools and learners.
- In order to effectively run the competition, Growthpoint engages various stakeholders.
- The winning school receives an iSchool Africa iPad Learning Lab to the value of R 250 000.
- In February 2014, a new element was added to Growsmart which takes the literacy initiative one step further – that of a story writing competition.
- Ongoing Monitoring and evaluation take place, both during the competition and in the form of long-term intervention at the winning school.