Shri Nandeshwar Goud , MLA, Patancheru, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, District Education Officer, Medak, Mr, Amer Hussain, Factory Manager, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. and Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India dedicate ZPHS Girls High School, Patancheru, Medak under Season 2 of Support My School campaign
The school has been revitalized with assistance from The Coca-Cola Foundation and new campaign partner Plan India who joined the campaign at the launch of Season 2 in August, 2012
The revitalized school in Medak was provided facilities such as upgraded separate functional toilets for boys and girls, improved access to water, facilities for the encouragement of physical sports and recreation, and a structure for rain water harvesting
Medak, March 14th, 2013: In its bid to build active, healthy and happy schools across rural and semi-urban India, Coca-Cola India, in association with Plan India, dedicated the ZPHS Girls High School, Patancheru in Medak under Season 2 of its flagship Support My School initiative. The second edition of the campaign was kicked off in August, 2012 and concluded a successful telethon in February 2013, which helped raise pledges to revitalize 272 schools. These schools will now be revitalized through facilities such as separate toilets for boys and girls, improved access to water and more. The school at Medak has been revitalized with assistance from The Coca-Cola Foundation and new campaign partner Plan India
Support My School has received nationwide success with the revitalization of over 100 schools over Season 1, which touched the lives of more than 43,000 students across 10 states. The ZPHS Girls High School, Patancheru was dedicated to the children and community by Shri Nandeshwar Goud , MLA, Patancheru, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, District Education Officer, Medak, Mr. Amer Hussain, Factory Manager, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. and Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India.
Speaking at the event, Shri Nandeshwar Goud , MLA, Patancheru said, “Education is a spark which can ignite great fires. Without basic education, our children will go on to be deprived of secure and successful futures. Creating a happy and healthy learning environment for these children to study is a commendable mission. I believe that the Support My School campaign has taken up a very crucial task of providing schools in our town and villages with the basic facilities required to offer a sound education to the students. I congratulate Coca-Cola India, Plan India and all other campaign partners for their efforts towards keeping the children of India where they belong… in schools.”
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Amer Hussain, Factory Manager, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. said, “At Coca-Cola India, we believe in a holistic concept of sustainability. Our “Me, We, World” sustainability framework aims to extend benefits to consumers at the individual, social and environmental levels. Support My School champions the cause of education, promoting active and healthy living in students while focusing on the key areas of water and sanitation for schools. After the successful culmination of the first season of the campaign, we are now making headway into season 2. We are extremely excited about this season and look forward to more successful revitalization work with our new partner Plan India.”
Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, “At Plan India, we work towards improving the lives of underprivileged children across the country. Our partnership with Support My School’s season 2 furthers our cause of providing quality education and opening new windows of opportunities for the students of rural and semi-urban India. This partnership has been a productive endeavor; the happiness on the faces of these students is the biggest reward for us.”
Thanking the campaign for the revitalization work done in their school, Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi, principal, ZPHS Girls High School, Patancheru said, “I would like to extend my most deep felt gratitude to Coca-Cola and Plan India for providing our school with a holistic environment for the children and staff. These facilities have been instrumental in increasing our students’ enthusiasm for studies and improving the morale of our teachers. I am confident that our school will continue to improve with such support.”
About Support My School Campaign
Coca-Cola India joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pearson Foundation and Tata Teleservices. It undertakes the following core activities:
Provision of improved access to water
Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
Improvement in the overall infrastructure and environment
Provision for sports and recreation facilities and
Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting
With such necessary amenities in place, schools are able to provide a cleaner and healthier environment more conducive to learning.
Education in rural India suffers from several issues where lack of sanitation is a key reason for absenteeism and dropouts amongst students. This is especially noted in young girls who are forced to quit as they enter adolescence due to a lack of clean and functional toilets. Children are also likely to fall sick more often without clean water to drink or to wash hands. Support My School endeavors to eliminate this basic concern by spreading the initiative across the country with the help of campaign partners to execute the same.
About Coca-Cola and Citizenship The Coca-Cola Company has always placed high value on good citizenship. At the heart of business is a mission statement called the Coca-Cola Promise — “The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone that it touches.” This basic proposition means that the company’s business should refresh the markets, protect, preserve and enhance the environment and strengthen the community. Coca-Cola India provides extensive support for community programs across the country, with a focus on education, health and water conservation. For further information on Company’s India operations and its products, please visit www.coca-colaindia.com
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