Dear students, the beginning of the holidays is here. Yahoo!
The start of a carefree time, but with trips, explorations, reading, perhaps some tiny sparks, new insights, new friendships. You deserve it. Congratulations on your success. I know it was not always easy. With effort you gained new skills and knowledge. Education is the most powerful tool to change the world. Knowledge is what no one can ever take away from you. And knowledge is the property of self-confident people. Those who know what you want. And those who want to go on this way.
The school year was long, full of challenges, nice events, good grades and some disappointments. Expectations for all of you were great, sometimes too big. So stay as you are. Find the right measure yourself when talking about excellence and relaxation, as well as enjoying new knowledge.
What do you want to do during the holidays? First of all, do not be just digital. Listen to your parents when they say that you’ve had enough phone, computer and tablet, and let’s go out into nature or read a book.
Take a vacation to relax, hang out with your friends. I hope you do a lot of movement, especially in the open air. Treat yourself to some moments when you will not do anything. Perhaps you will have a good idea at that time.
Enjoy your holidays! But also don’t forget about those who may not be able to live in such a carefree manner.
Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, the Minister of Education, Science, and Sport
The original version of this article was published on June 21st.