Soliya's Youth Engagement Officer Dorra Amara presented at the Youth, Education, and Mobility Forum for civil society in Malta, speaking on the potential virtual exchange offers in widening access to education and bringing the two shores of the Mediterranean. The forum is organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of the Republic of Malta and is supported by the European Commission. The forum is a run-up to the Summit of the Two Shores – Mediterranean Forum, an initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Soliya, IREX, iEARN, and Design Squad Global presented on a joint panel at the 2019 CIES Conference, discussing virtual exchange in relation to the conference theme of education for sustainability. Erkinaz Shuminov, Soliya's Development Officer, presented on how Soliya's technology, evidence-based evaluation, and use of facilitators together serve to maximize long-term impact through the development of global competence in college-aged youth.
It was a great pleasure to welcome TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program participants from Japan at Soliya's headquarters in NYC to talk about technology's impact on society. "The tide is on our side," said Ayca Ariyoruk, Soliya's Senior Manager for Global Partnerships and Communication, "The computers are still bad at stimulating human interaction...leadership and difficult to automate jobs will increasingly require social-emotional skills and attitudes, including collaboration, consensus building, and empathy.
This spring 2018, we were excited to launch the pilot round of a new virtual exchange initiative, Connect Program Collaborate.