What did we learn from the pandemic? Is there a silver lining? Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale was interviewed by Daniel Cervan-Gil, Manager of Programs at the Global Centre for Pluralism, about the impact of covid-19 on human connection, virtual exchange, the digital divide, and empathy. Waidehi remarks: "Even if the leaders around the world were being dissonant, the medical community lent each other support, engaging with each other collaboratively, and that’s where the vaccine is going to come from.
Amany Ben Lakhdar, Soliya's Senior Coordinator of Partnerships & Outreach, presented with other youth representatives at a webinar titled “the Euro-Mediterranean Youth voluntary response to the COVID-19 crisis," presented by the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM), an organization that works to enhance Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Amany discussed virtual exchange and Soliya's Connect Program and Facilitation Training Program in relation to the pandemic.
Soliya Partners with the Stevens Initiative for Virtual Exchange to Connect Students Across two NYU Campuses
Soliya has partnered with the Stevens Initiative for Virtual Exchange and New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD) to launch a virtual exchange program connecting students from the UAE and NYC campuses! Our Chief Program Officer Salma Elbeblawi reflects: "We are looking forward to bringing young leaders from the two countries together to discuss current events and tackle global challenges through inter-faith and intercultural lenses.
Soliya's Director of Global Partnerships and Communication, Ayca Ariyoruk, writes about the continued relevance of virtual exchange for UK youth in the face of, and despite of, Brexit. Arguing that Brexit shouldn't be an exit from virtual exchange, Ayca Ariyoruk writes: "Brexit may mean the country rejects globalisation as an economic model but that doesn’t automatically translate into the rejection of global education.