HONOURS PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TOWARDS CREATING A HEALTHY AND HAPPY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS IN THE AREA

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Ms. Charlotte Oades, Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, The Coca-Cola Company; Ms. Joanna Price, Group Public Affairs & Communications Director, Coca-Cola Pacific Group along with Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation honored principals and teachers from schools revitalized within Nuh under the Support My School campaign.
Present to the grace the event were Mr. Pradeep Godara, ADC, Mewat and Mr. Rajeev Arora, DEO, Mewat
Tapkan Government School, Nuh, where the celebrations took place, is one of 10 schools to be revitalized in the region under the Support My School campaign.
Revitalized facilities include access to safe drinking water, separate toilets for boys and girls, promotion of physical sports and recreation
The Support My School campaign recently celebrated completion of 200 schools under the initiative

Nuh, 5th September, 2013: Coca-Cola India, Tetra Pak and SRF Foundation came together to celebrate Teacher’s Day at the Tapkan Government School in Nuh (Haryana), under their collaborative initiative Support My School – a campaign to build happy, healthy and active schools for students in rural and semi-urban areas. The campaign, which has been running since January 2011, has revitalized over 200 schools, including 10 within the Mewat district. Principals and teachers from all 10 schools were honoured for their commitment to the cause by Mr. Rajeev Arora, DEO, Mewat; Ms. Charlotte Oades, Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, The Coca-Cola Company and Ms. Joanna Price, Group Public Affairs & Communications Director, Coca-Cola Pacific Group.

The revitalization work in Nuh has been brought about by the collaboration of partners Tetra Pak and The SRF Foundation and with support of Haryana Government and its officials. Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation was present at the event to mark this occasion. Employees from Tetra Pak, Coca-Cola India as well as Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. also came together at the event by taking up the role of teachers for a day at the Tapkan Government School.

Speaking about the campaign, Ms. Joanna Price, Group Public Affairs & Communications Director, Coca-Cola Pacific Group said, “The support and contribution of teachers and principals towards the cause of Support My School is immeasurable. We have received tremendous enthusiasm from the staff of schools which we have chosen for this campaign and it is their drive which has helped make so many children happier and evermore encouraged to study. It gives me great pleasure to honor these heroes of the campaign today on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Haryana Government for their support in the revitalization of the 10 schools within Mewat. We are on our way to reaching our goal of 350 schools by the end of the year and every step on this path is a leap towards our eventual goal of creating a holistic learning environment for students across rural and semi-urban India.”

Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation said, “We are proud to be part of this campaign which has been making waves for over 2 years now in facilitating education in rural and semi-urban India. The schools revitalized in Nuh have come about through a collaborative effort between the campaign partners and the community. I am happy to be part of this occasion to honor the principals and teachers who have shown their commitment to the cause of the campaign, every step of the way. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with this campaign. A Happy Teacher’s Day to all of you!”

Tetra Pak South Asia Markets Communications and Environment Director Jaideep Gokhale said, “We are proud to build on our partnership with Coca-Cola India and continue our association with the ‘Support My School’ campaign for the second year. All of us who have visited the schools have seen the enthusiasm of the teachers and their work in helping revitalize the region’s schools. This Teacher’s Day, I thank and congratulate all the teachers at Nuh for their commitment and dedication which will help develop tomorrow’s leaders. Primary education is one of the cornerstones of development in India and something that we at Tetra Pak encourage as it aligns well with our motto, ‘Protects What’s Good’. Our motto is the foundation of all our actions, be it to partner with the food industry to making food safe and available everywhere or to stand by our commitment to environment and society.”

Thanking the campaign partners, Mr. Basrudeen, Head Master, Tapkan Government School said, “The Support My School campaign has given our school a new lease of life. It has been a wonderful experience to be chosen under this campaign as our students today have a much better learning space to study and develop. The facilities provided under the campaign will benefit our students for a long time to come. Thank you Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak, SRF Foundation and all campaign partners for thiss opportunity.”

Launched in January 2011, the Support My School campaign aims to create a happy and healthy environment in schools for children across India by providing basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys, enabling them to study in a cleaner, healthier and a more holistic environment. Since its launch, the campaign has touched the lives of nearly 80,000 students across 200 schools. The campaign is expected to reach 350 Schools by end of 2013.

About Support My School Campaign

Coca-Cola India joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). 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