To celebrate International Literacy Day, East London and Port Elizabeth primary schools went head to head in the Growsmart Literacy Competition held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Saturday, September 8.
The schools each had to select teams of three pupils each learners in Ggrades 4, 5 and 6 respectively. to form a team. and represent their school.
Pupils Learners from the same grades were selected to each submit a story for the story-writing Ccompetition.
The schools that participated were Magqabi Primary, Khanyisa Primary, Machui Primary, Fandi Gaqa Primary, as well as Caritas Primary.
Growsmart founder Jewels Harris said the competition started off as a Sspelling Bbee in the Western Cape.
“We used to base it on the American spelling bee and instead of just spelling the word, we took it a step further and decided we wanted to include teamwork . We wanted the learners to define the word and put it in a sentence. We want to expand and bring the competition to the Eastern Cape,” she said.
East London’s own Khanyisa Primary School came fourth place and Triomf Primary School from Port Elizabeth won overall, walking away with a school improvement fund to the value of R25,000, as well as with an additional R2,500 per pupil learner and R1,500 for the mentor.
Magqabi Primary School came second and place while Caritas Primary came third – both are from Port Elizabeth.