SRF FOUNDATION, TETRA PAK, COCA-COLA BOTTLER ENRICH AGRO FOOD (P) LTD AND SUNEDISON JOIN HANDS TO REVITALIZE SCHOOL

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mr.Pravin Malik, Environment Manager, Tetra Pak; Mr.Varinderpal Kandhari, Executive Director, Enrich Agro Foods (p) Limited; Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation; Mr. Manik Jolly, Director – Solar Solutions Rural, SunEdison dedicated the Tapkan Government School to the community of Tapkan, under the Support My School program
First school in the country to be on solar micro-grid, with installation of solar panels to light up the school in association SunEdison, a global leader in Solar industry.
The school has been revitalized with contributions from Tetra Pak, SRF Foundation and Enrich Agro Food Products Pvt. Ltd.
Also present at the event were Mrs. Surina Rajan, Principal Secretary, Education; Mr. Vinay Singh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner; Nikhil Chopra,Test Cricketer; Mr. Chandra Prakash, Commissioner, Gurgaon and Mr. Rajeev Arora, District Education Officer
The revitalized school was also 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 well stocked library

Nuh, 5th June, 2013: On the occasion of World Environment Day, Coca-Cola India came together with its bottling partners to drive energy efficiency across its operations in the country, with a focus on the need for renewable energy to drive business sustainability. In celebration of this landmark day in Nuh, the Tapkan Government School was dedicated to the people of the community, first school in the country to be on the solar micro-grid, with installation of solar panels to light up the school, in association with SunEdison, a global leader in Solar industry.

The school has been revitalized with contributions from Tetra Pak, SRF Foundation and Enrich Agro Food Products Pvt. Ltd. This is an initiative under the Coca-Cola NDTV Support My School campaign, which aims to revitalize schools in rural and semi-urban schools with facilities such as separate toilets for boys and girls, improved access to water and more.

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 Tapkan Government School was dedicated to the children and community by Mr. Pravin Malik, Environment Manager, Tetra Pak; Mr. Varinderpal Kandhari, Executive Director, Enrich Agro Foods (p) Limited; Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation and Mr. Manik Jolly, Director – Solar Solutions Rural, SunEdison.

Joining the celebrations were Mrs. Surina Rajan, Principal Secretary, Education; Mr. Vinay Singh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner; Nikhil Chopra, Test Cricketer; Mr. Chandra Prakash, Commissioner, Gurgaon and Mr. Rajeev Arora, District Education Officer.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Jaideep Gokhale, Communications and Environment Director, Tetra Pak South Asia Markets said, “We are proud to be part of an initiative that lays importance on the role of education within our communities. The solar panels installed here today will play an important role in revitalising the Tapkan Government School. We are also proud that this event coincides with the World Environment Day, and we are able to stand by our commitment to both the society and the environment.”

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Varinderpal Kandhari, Executive Director, Enrich Agro Foods (p) Limited said, “The Support My School campaign has always approached the revitalization of schools through a holistic framework. The campaign offers amenities like sanitation and access to water to fulfil students’ most basic needs. The libraries and sports grounds offer students an opportunity to learn and grow within their environment. Now, these solar panels will power the classrooms through renewable energy, taking the campaign one step forward on its mission to revitalize the education landscape of rural India.”

Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation said, “It gives me great pleasure be part of this occasion today. The schools have not only been re-vitalized with new sanitation facilities, playing facilities but also with micro-grid solar panels and soon the children will be able to enjoy the uninteruppted power supply. I would like to thank partners Tetrapak, Enrich Agro Food, Coca-Cola and SunEdison for their support in making this happen and we look forward to revitalizing more schools together. I would also like to thank all the dignitaries and community members who have come today and have shown their support.”

Speaking on the installation of the solar panels, Mr. Manik Jolly, Director – Solar Solutions Rural, SunEdison said, “At SunEdison, it has been our aim to provide our stakeholders with the best solar services for their needs and budget. It has been a great experience working with the Tapkan Government School in Nuh and I sincerely hope that the students will reap the benefits provided to them. This is the first school in the country to come on to the solar micro-grid and I believe this is a moment of great pride for all of us. I would like to congratulate Support My School campaign partners for the initiative and hope we will together partner on more schools benefitting more children.

Mr. Mohammad Ayub, Principal, Tapkan Government School said, “I would like to thank Coca-Cola India, Tetra Pak, Enrich Agro Food Products Pvt. Ltd. and SRF Foundation for initiating this program in our school. The interventions offered under this campaign have given a new lease of life to our school. Our village suffers from excessive power shortage and the installation of this solar microgridby SunEdisonhas come as a great boon. Now, our children can study in a revitalized school and strive to achieve their dreams. Thank you!”

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