'Support My School' campaign hits 300 schools
India's leading campaign to support infrastructure across rural and semi-urban schools - Support My School - on Monday hit the 300 milestone with the completion of the most recent school in Nuh, Haryana.
Coca-Cola India, along with SRF Foundation, Enrich Agro and other partners dedicated the new facilities created at Rewasan Government School in Nuh to the students and people of the community.
With this dedication, over 1 lakh students across India can now claim access to better sanitation, water, playing facilities, libraries, computer centres and other basic infrastructure. Over the last three years, over 100 partners including leading foundations, corporates, NGOs and celebrities have joined the campaign and help drive it towards the milestone of 300 schools.
To mark the occasion, students of the Rewasan Goverment School signed on a pledge affirming that they will strive their best and will attend school without fail.
Students also showcased science and arts projects to the visiting guests, giving a glimpse of the potential found in rural government schools across India.
At the function held on Monday, certificates were also given to teachers who have attended the Teacher Training Program conducted by Harsh Jajoo of Mindbodhi consultants.
Present at the event were several community members and local leaders.
The Support My School campaign has been able to help communities take ownership of change.
Through the campaign, the communities have been brought into the positive cycle of change and in several parts of the country they have taken a leading role. The campaign has been made successful through the Golden Triangle partnership model, where Private Sector and Civil Society came together in government schools with help of government officials and locally elected leaders, thus bringing all the stakeholders together.
This model has helped the campaign gain steam and reaches the 300 school mark.
Enthused by the progress made by the initiative, Lisa Borders, Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President, Global Community Connections, The Coca-Cola Company said, "I am happy to see the Golden Triangle model coming together so wonderfully well to make such a wide ranging impact on ground. I would like to thank all the partners of the Campaign, who have come together to build the momentum and drive change into the schools and the communities around India. The Coca-Cola Foundation is very happy to be part of Support My School campaign. It feels great to see this initiative evolve from being a campaign into becoming a platform. We aspire to work together to take this campaign forward and help create a welcoming and caring environment in schools for our children."
Launched in January 2011, the Support My School campaign aims to create happy and healthy learning environments for students across rural and semi-urban India by providing schools with basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys.
Over 43,000 students across 10 states were impacted over Season 1 of the campaign. Season 2 has extended this reach to over 15 states and over 1 lakh students till now.
Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation said, "SRF Foundation has always been committed to providing quality education and the transformation of the current school systems in rural and semi-urban areas of India. Our journey with Support My School has been very exciting and we are proud to be part of this dedication today. As Season 2 moves towards completion, we look forward to creating more of such life-impacting change for the children of the country."
Ved Prakash, Principal, Rewasan School said, "The Support My School (SMS) campaign has given our school a new lease of life and helped us fulfill our aspiration of building an efficient school. It feels wonderful to be chosen under this campaign. On behalf of schools principals across all SMS schools, I would like to thank all the partners on initiating this effort and making a difference to the lives of all our students."
(Posted on 03-03-2014)