11 August, 2023
Mariborski otok

You are kindly invited to join us for activities organized within the framework of the International Youth Day.

EPEKA Association, social enterprise, is hosting an event one day before the official date of International Youth Day. The event will take place on Mariborski otok, which is part of Natura 2000; the European Union’s nature protection network and one of the largest conservation areas in the world. United Nations declared August 12 as International Youth Day in 1999, dedicated to discussing various youth-related issues and highlighting their significant role in society. This year’s theme for International Youth Day is “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World,” and at EPEKA, social enterprise, we named our event “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World.”

Today, the world is embarking on a path of green transition. Transitioning to an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly world is not only essential to respond to the global climate crisis but also to achieve sustainable development goals. A successful transition to a greener world will depend on the development of green knowledge and skills among the population. Green skills are “the knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes needed to live in a sustainable and resource-efficient society, contributing to its development and supporting it.” The green transition is expected to create 8.4 million jobs for young people by 2030. Young people need to be well-equipped with green skills to navigate this changing environment.

International Youth Day Program:

9:00 By bus to Mariborski otok (meeting at Maribor bus station, hop on bus number 8, which will take us to Mariborski otok)

9.30 Morning Fair trade coffee on Mariborski otok and listening to bird songs

10:00 Presentation of scholarships for deficit occupations for the school year 2023/2024, announced by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability, and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia

10:30 Presentation of the deficit occupation forester/forestress by a representative of the Maribor Regional Unit of the Institute of Forests

11:00 Tour of Mariborski otok and guided tour through the eyes of a forester

12:00 SEID Project Workshop on green social entrepreneurship with students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor Dr. Tomaž Deželan and Assistant Professor Karolina Babič

13:00 Vegan Stew

14:00 Kayak Ride (rafts) from Cape Mariborski otok to Pristan


The event is free of charge. More information at www.epeka.si. Prior registrations for the kayak ride are mandatory; you can sign up at: epeka@epeka.si 

The project is supported by the Office of Youth of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, the Office for Culture and Youth of the Municipality of Maribor, Študentski kampus and Šport Maribor.