In January 2018, Growthpoint Properties partnered with Christel House to support thirty Grade 10 learners at their school campus in Cape Town. Supporting these students falls within the company’s CSI strategy where we aim to provide skills development to students in historically disadvantaged communities.
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, sponsored by Growthpoint.
- 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.