The School You Want
A programme for the whole community that's making a significant difference to the lives of Greek students
Our CSR programme, The School You Want, launchd in 2012, is improving the daily educational experience for students and teachers by covering the costs of repairing and renovating school buildings. It's touching the lives of not just students but parents, teachers local authorities and the general public too.
The programme came from our recognition that the educational infrastructure in the local communities in which we operate needed to improve. In order to implement the programme, we've worked successfully with the municipal authorities in Athens and Thessaloniki.
What we want is to inspire young people and help them grow in a healthy and creative environment.
- 13 schools renovated
- €1.1m invested so far
- 4,500 students are enjoying a better school environment
By September 2016 we had invested more than €1.1m and renovated 13 schools in the two cities. As a result, more than 4.500 students are enjoying an improved and friendlier school environment every year.
Over 650,000 stakeholders have heard about the programme, with 110,000 people voting for the school they wanted to be renovated.
The programme received the Bronze Award at the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2015. It's proved popular with both public and local authorities, as it makes a lasting difference to people's lives.
- 650,000 stakeholders have heard about the programme
- 110,000 people have voted
During these five years, we have implemented a series of repair and renovation works, including:
- Painting internal/external space and buildings
- Roof repairs
- Repairs and improvements to sport facilities (asphalt paving and marking of courts, installation of volleyball nets, painting of backboards, installation of fences)
- Replacing or installing doors and windows
- Works in schoolyards (installing benches, planting trees, repairing sun shades)
- Floor replacement, roof repair, anti-slip coatings on stairs
- Toilet repairs
- Constructing handrails for wheelchair ramps
In 2016 the programme was once again implemented in Thessaloniki. Nine schools took part in the voting process, with the 92nd Elementary School of Thessaloniki winning the majority of the votes.
More than 30 constructors worked through the summer and managed to implement 50 significant interior and exterior improvements in just 40 days. The 262 students of the school were very happy to begin their school year in a totally renovated building that is now friendlier, more attractive and safer.
In 2015, over 24,800 people chose to vote for the 1st High School in Evosmos, which was repaired in full during the summer and returned safer and friendlier to its 370 students.
Moreover, the programme continued and expanded in Athens, aiming to meet the needs and improve the daily life and the educational experience of more students and teachers. At the request of the Municipality of Athens, the first school that we repaired in the city was the 17th school and 17th Lyceum in the 2nd municipal district of Athens.
In 2014, for the third consecutive year, Coca‑Cola HBC Greece renovated the 69th Elementary School in Thessaloniki, as well as the 5th Kindergarten and 3rd Primary School in Triandria, which were chosen by 35,726 voters. The brand-new schools were handed over in September, changing the everyday lives of 402 students.
In 2013, more than 33,000 people voted and, after the repair and renovation work was completed, the students of the 14th Primary School of Stavroupoli in the Municipality of Pavlos Melas now enjoy a nicer, friendlier and safer educational environment.
What's more, improvement work was also carried out on the 1st and 14th Primary Schools in the Municipality of Evosmos, the 14th High School of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Primary School of Drymos and the 1st and 2nd Public Schools in Filyrou.
During its first year, the programme financed and completed the repair and renovation of three schools in the Municipality of Kordelio-Evosmos, Pavlos Melas and Thessaloniki, contributing substantially to the improvement of the school environment for more than 800 students in the area.