The project, worth more than BGN 550,000, transformed the oldest school in the town
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP carried out a complete renovation of the facade and yard of one of the oldest schools in the town of Galabovo – St. Paisii Hilendarski First Primary School. The investment is worth over BGN 550,000 and is in implementation of the company’s long-term social program aimed at improving the life of the local community.
The project was implemented within 10 months, from July 2021 to the end of April 2022, without affecting the learning process of children. The facade of the main building and the roof of the gym have been completely repaired, the pavement of the yard has been completely replaced, the green spaces for recreation have been renovated. Behind the school there are modern sports grounds with suitable covering for basketball and football, and the kids from the preschool groups are enjoying a new playground. The completion of the project was marked on May 11 with a special event, which was attended by the Deputy Governor of Stara Zagora, architect Banko Banov, and Milena Yoldova-Stoyanova, Director of the Regional Education Division.
“I am extremely happy that today, once again, we thank ContourGlobal for their support for the renovation of the oldest school in the town. This is another infrastructure project that we are implementing with the company under our long-term cooperation program – from the planning and design stage, awarding and implementation of the project under the highest quality,” said Nikolay Tonev, Mayor of Galabovo.
“For us at ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3, it is important that all children receive quality education in favorable and safe conditions. During its long history, St. Paisii Hilendarski has been a successful start for a number of prominent citizens of Galabovo. We wish the children to follow in their footsteps, to be successful and to enjoy the new sports facilities,” said Krassimir Nenov, Executive Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3.
“We thank the management of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and the mayor of Galabovo Nikolay Tonev, who believed in us and provided the necessary so that today we can enjoy a completely renovated school with a beautiful yard and a modern sports ground,” said Teodora Zheleva, principal of the St. Paisii Hilendarski First Primary School, which this year celebrates the 300th anniversary of its patron.
St. Paisii Hilendarski First Primary School was opened in the distant 1905. At the moment 190 children from the town of Galabovo are studying there.
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 ranks among the major employers and generous donors in the region of Stara Zagora and Galabovo, where the thermal power plant is located. The company’s social investments are focused in the fields of education, healthcare, sports for children and youth, environmental protection and support for people with disabilities and other vulnerable social groups. In recent years, the plant has invested over BGN 10 million in projects for the benefit of society. The main part of the funds is directed to help local communities.
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 owns and operates the first lignite-fired thermal power plant in Southeast Europe, which operates in full compliance with the highest European standards for occupational safety and environmental protection. The plant produces 11% of the country’s electricity using local energy sources and thus contributes to ensuring the energy security and independence of Bulgaria. Over BGN 1.4 billion have been invested to ensure the reliable operation of the plant and in environmental protection measures. Shareholders are the international energy company ContourGlobal (73%) and The National Electricity Company (27%).