~Support My School will lend a hand to PM’s ‘Sanitation in every School’ pledge ~
Coca-Cola India and Plan India commemorate completion of revitalized schools in Bihar with dedication of Govt. Middle School, Bahadurpur in Patna
Mr.Shyam Rajak, Minister Food and Consumer Affairs, Government of Bihar; Ms. Kanchana Bala- BEO of Patna, Mr. Sameer Wadhawan, VP – HR,
Post implementation and through active efforts of school and NGO staff, the number of students have increased
Support My School provides improved access to safe water, adequate sanitation, sports and recreation facilities, a clean and green environment and a rain water harvesting structure
Patna, September 16th 2014: Coca-Cola’s Support My School campaign, an initiative to build Happy, Healthy and Active Schools for students in rural and semi-urban areas, today dedicated the Govt. Middle School, Bahadurpur in Patna to students and community. With the completion of this school, the program has reached 10 schools in the state impacting the lives of over 6000 students. Mr.Shyam Rajak, Minister Food and Consumer Affairs, Government of Bihar; Mr. Sameer Wadhawan, VP – HR,
Since the implementation of Support My School and through active efforts of school and NGO staff, the Govt. Middle School, Bahadurpur has witnessed increased enrolment and more active participation of students in school activities. Plan India and Nidaan are the partners who have have implemented this project in the school.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sameer Wadhawan, VP – HR,
Coca-Cola India’s Support My School, a Sanitation PLUS solution is implemented by grassroot NGOs. It recently celebrated completion of over 350 schools in India in 18 states across the country, impacting 125,000 children with an investment of over INR 20 crores so far. The funds invested in the facilities were raised from over 50 corporate donors and partners, with
Thanking the campaign for the revitalization work done in their school, Shri Mithilesh Kumar, principal, Bahadurpur Govt. Middle School said, “Thank you Support My School for the work they have done. The students are benefitting from the new facilities. Today we have more students motivated in the area to come to school. I’m very proud to be the principal of such a school. I’m grateful to
Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said “Plan India has always partnered with causes which enable children to exercise their right to education, irrespective of their social background. Our journey with Support My School has been very exciting and we are proud to be part of this dedication today. As the campaign moves ahead, we look forward to creating more of such life-impacting change for the children of the country.”
Support My School campaign began as a response to several studies which indicated that a large number of schools in rural & semi-urban areas lacked basic amenities leading to accelerated student drop-out rates. Not only has
About Support My School
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 in 2011.
SMS 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.
Coca-Cola India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Over the last 20 years, ever since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products –