A special National Sovereignty and Children’s Day festival at the Balat Tarık Us Public School in Istanbul brought together 500 youth from different cultures, including Turkish students and Syrian refugees, on April 23 as part of the 3.2.1 Move! youth empowerment program led by Coca-Cola Icecek.

The school was renovated as part of 3.2.1 Move! to create a space for community activities. The program aims to contribute to lives of disadvanteged students by supporting schools in these regions with sports equipment and materials for physical education. It has reached more than 90,000 children in 130-plus public schools in 16 Turkish cities, to date. 

Coca-Cola Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia Business Unit President Galya Frayman Molinas, and Coca-Cola İçecek Turkey General Manager Tugay Keskin attended the festival to distribute equipment with other Coca-Cola volunteers.

April 23 is an official public holiday in Turkey commemorating the first meeting of the Turkish Parliament on April 23, 1920. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic, the day was dedicated to children. Every year, children take seats in the Parliament for the day and symbolically govern the country.

The 3.2.1 Move! project recently was named the “Most Innovative Corporate Social Responsibility Project” by the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TISK). Another important pillar of this community project is capacity building. The initiative has funded the renovation of 100 multi-purpose halls and sports facilities, donated 14,000 sports education materials and supported more than 500 sports teams at participating schools.