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South Africa: Growsmart Competition helps Improve Literacy Skills
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Focus: Training Institutions
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 25, 2013

Speaking to its growing commitment to the Growsmart programme, Theunissen said: “Literacy is the foundation of learning and continued growth. It requires that we not merely learn how to spell words in parrot fashion, but to grasp their meaning and use them to the best of our ability by verbal expression – it’s at the core of successful education systems the world over and the Western Cape is no exception. Growsmart helps to teach literacy to kids in a fun and engaging manner, enticing pupils to participate at a competitive level at which the entire community stands to benefit. Critically, it also partners with the Provincial government to equip teachers from schools in underprivileged areas with vital lesson material.”
Jayden Williams, a 12 year old Grade 7 learner at one of the 2012 winning schools in Hanover Park says that he enjoyed the new word-plus-word format immensely, in which learners were asked to use a word comprehensively in a sentence in addition to spelling it.
It was the correct spelling and use of the word ‘ostentatious’ that helped 12 year old Ruwayda Jacobs secure her team the title of one of the 2012 winning schools. “I learned many new words during the competition. My vocabulary improved so much that it helped me to express myself better. My best memory of last year was when I brought my school report home at the end of the year and how proud and happy that made my mom. It’s great that we all take part in this competition, it makes school a much more fun place to be,” she added.
“Four years ago, we initiated a campaign designed to increase the focus on improving literacy for primary school learners in a fun and competitive way. By combining our resources with the great efforts of the Western Cape Education Department, we’re working for a more literate and well-read future to the benefit of all our children,” concludes Theunissen.
For more information about the Growsmart Literacy Competition, please visit www.growsmart.org.za.
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