I’m Martí who is a Biologist and a Wildlife Manager. I came to Maribor through the project TLN Mobilicat by the hand of Asociación Mundus. I’ll stay in Maribor for 4 months and during this time, I’ll work in different companies. I would like to introduce you one of them and shed light upon its functionality on society. It’s called Mladinski dom Maribor.
Mladinski dom Maribor is a Youth Center that works with children and adolescents aged around 8 to 18 who have emotional and behavioural problems and cannot live with their parents for a variety of reasons. They usually have low self-esteem and have difficulty integrating into a normal environment.
In particular, I will work in the unit of Slivnica where they perform a project of education based on Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. In other terms, the process of using plants and gardening to improve their physical and mental health, and also improve their communication skills for the purpose to include them in the society. The programme helps them to find their vocation or to fell valuable for themselves. My tasks will be based on teaching how important is the nature, how to take care of it and how to take profit from it in a good way.
Finally, let me introduce you one of the workshops that youths perform in the Center called “Get to know vegetables and their seeds”. This workshop has three steps, the first consists of discovering the names of the vegetables in English language and in any language that is important for the participants. In our case, we translate them from Slovenian to English, Spanish, Catalan and Korean.
The next step is discovering how vegetables grows. Also, learning about vegetables and their own and unique type of seed. Lastly, they will perform a seed germination test in order to know the growth viability of the seeds. It consists on covering the bottom of a petri dish with cotton soaked in water and put the cotton on a counted number of seeds, and let it grow a few days (6-8). When the days have passed, they will have to count how many seeds growth and make a ratio calculating what percentage of the total are viable.
That is just a little thing from the whole activities they perform. I hope you found it interesting and If you want to know more about what this company does, just take a look in their website http://slivnica.mladinski-dom-mb.si/.