Indonesia: Coca-Cola hands over 10 'school complexes' for Aceh

Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- The PT Coca-Cola Indonesia handed over 10 modular 'school complex' to Ministry of National Education to be deployed in Aceh. The Rp 1.5 billion ($158.000) modular and prefabricated building schools will be used to replace several elementary and high schools that have been damaged by last December tsunami.

''The building is easy to install on site and it is made of woods,'' said Coca-Cola Indonesia's Corporate Affair director Titie Sadarini, as quoted by Kompas daily on Friday. The ministry will manage the distribution of the school complex.

Dick Barshell, director of PT Java Internasional Industri, company which supply the modular schools, told Indonesia Relief that so far 9 school complex have been delivered to Aceh. Each complex consist of 3 three classrooms (10m x 6.5 m), 1 teachers home (6.5m x 5m) and a toilet block.

Cost for each complex is $21,000, ex factory. Cost for assembly on site is about $4,800, plus transport. Barshell said it takes 9 days to produce each complex, while the onsite assembly will take between 7 and 9 days.

''For this project a sub contractor was appointed by the Coca-Cola. In future we would undertake the assembly, as we are a little concerned with this aspect, they are not being assembled correctly,'' said Barshell, who offered his company services as non-profit venture.

Barshel said his company used to be specialist in modular homes, but now turned its attention to low cost modular schools and houses. Although modular, he said, it is the same structure and fixings that PT Java Internasional Industri has been use on permanent buildings.

In the end of May, Coca-Cola Indonesia announced it would help rebuild 11 schools (not 10) in Aceh. Coca Cola Indonesi also has provided school bags and stationery to students. © lan