Prince Edward promotes non-formal education & friendship between UK and Slovenia

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, wrapped up his two-day visit to Slovenia by attending a MEPI youth event and planting a tree of friendship between the UK and Slovenia in Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park together with President Borut Pahor on Wednesday. He also took part in a debate on the importance of non-formal education.

Pahor and Prince Edward met with students involved in the international Duke of Edinburgh Award programme (known in Slovenia as MEPI), which supports the young in developing their interests and skills and prepares them for future life and work.
They also observed the participants’ workshops and attended a students’ performance celebrating the friendship.

The Earl of Wessex has been the chairman of the trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation since 2015, advocating the benefits of the programme in the UK and abroad as well as presenting the MEPI gold awards. Pahor is the honorary patron of Slovenia’s MEPI programme.

UK Ambassador to Slovenia Sophie Honey said that the aim of the visit was to celebrate the countries’ strong bilateral ties as well as historical ones and strengthen them in many areas, including security, business, education, science and culture.

“Brexit may change the institutional links between us but I don’t think it changes the friendship, I don’t think it changes the will and the drive to work together in all of these areas,” said Honey.

Prince Edward later took part in a business event hosted by the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and promoting the importance of non-formal education in the business world.