Local primary schools are putting their areas on the map following their win in the Growsmart competition, held at the V&A Waterfront a fortnight ago.The competition assist learners with improvements in their reading and writing skills.Growsmart, an initiative that was established by Growthpoint Properties, partnered with the Western Cape Education Department to assist learners to improve their reading, writing, comprehension and verbal skills among primary school learners from Grades 4 to 6 in the province. Liwa Primary School in Nyanga became the champions in the literacy competition by beating 160 primary schools that took part in the competition.While Intshayelelo Primary School from Khayelitsha also became champions in the debate category. Both schools attributed their wins to the educators for dedicating their time.Liwa educator Andrew Gumindoga said it was tough preparing for the competition as they had to select the best learners from the school. “There is a great improvement in terms of writing and in the command of English ... And the learners are gaining confidence whenever they speak in public,” he said.Gumindonga said the next phase would be to defend the title.He said it was their first win in the competition since its inception nine years ago. He showered school principal Fundiswa Nodlela with praises. Nolundi Mbamba-Mlilo, an educator from Intshayelelo primary, said they were impressed with the performance of their learners since they were new comers in the category. She said the debating skills enhanced the learner’s oration and command of the language. “They were a team of three learners, with each learner scooping R10.000, which will go towards their school needs. Mlilo added that her school came third in story writing category. She said they were the only school that represented Khayelitsha. Lelethu Diamond, 12, from Intshayelelo, said the competition helped improve their self-esteem and to express their views fluently. “To be a debater you need to be a good listener. And be able to speak fluently without fear,” said Diamond.