Dolina Priložnosti Contest for Students and Schoolchildren

The Club of Tolmin Students and the Hidria Company represent the Dolina Priložnosti (Valley of Opportunities) Contest, which is intended for schoolchildren and students and dedicated to the development of the Tolmin Region and the Soča Valley until 2037. Will the Soča Valley become the Silicon Valley of Slovenia, a new Mecca for tourists or a promising site for leading business projects? Any Slovenian student or schoolchild can answer these questions within the contest (all participants should be under 30 years). Registration is open until 7 July.

Contestants must submit a written paper before 20 September 2017, which should describe projects possible for implementation in the next 20 years in the Posočje region. Papers can include graphics, photos or video. “Children will have to touch on various fields of expertise, such as tourism, economics, education, mobility and environmental protection, but first of all they have to present as many innovative ideas as possible,” says Romina Gerbec, the President of the Tolmin Students Club.

The winning team will receive 500 euros from the Hidria Company and other valuable prizes. Presentation of the best works and awarding of participants will take place on the Hidria AET Tolmin Open Day on 29 September.

“We believe that young people have many innovative ideas and they can surprise us. We need to make our region attractive so that young people stay here to live and work, and even move here from other places,” says Rudi Kragelj, the Head of Hidria AET Tolmin. Last year, this company and other regional enterprises started cooperation with the Tolmin Gymnasium in order to open the Mechanical Engineering study program. Now they aim to introduce schoolchildren and students to the specific work and engineering programs through the Dolina Priložnosti contest. “We must make our company known and open, demonstrate our operation in the international market. In 20 years, the sphere of automotive industry will be slightly different from what it is today. At the same time, engineering personnel will be in demand—not only doctors and engineers, but specialists with vocational engineering education as well. In the coming years, we will need metalworking engineers, fitters, carpenters, electrical engineers, mechatronics engineers.”

When evaluating contest papers, the Commission (and one audience voice on the Open Day on 29 September) will take into account the responsible attitude to the nature and people, knowledge and competence, originality and creativity, and overall quality of work. The Club of Tolmin Students hopes that the contest project will continue in the autumn, and children will participate in new interesting activities.