This is a true story of how two teenage girls inspired the creation of GenWE.
” Meet Tarana and Bubbly. They live in different countries and come from different socio-economic backgrounds.
Flashback to 2019
Our daughter, Tarana was growing up in a social bubble in Dubai with a privileged view of the world – private school, iPhone, shopping at the mall, judgmental about others etc. Her friends were similar.
Three years ago, Tarana was paired with Bubbly, a 14-year-old girl in Delhi who studies in a government School. Today, Tarana and Bubbly are zoom friends. They talk about YouTube, movies, hobbies and studies. And sometimes about their parents. Bubbly practices her English with Tarana and Tarana practice’s her Hindi.
It’s beautiful to see their relationship evolve and its impact on Tarana who is now less judgemental and more caring. Equally, Bubbly is more confident and has a perspective on what’s happening in the world.
Like Tarana and Bubbly, many young people are growing up in their social bubble and their view is limited only to what’s happening inside it. They face unbelievable pressure trying to fit in. And have to deal with a lot of stress.
Imagine the power of a real friend, real dialogue with no filters. Just two young people from different corners of the country or world helping each other deal with pressure of teenage years, sharing skills and ideas, learning from each other, solving problems together and growing as future leaders.
Leaders who will build a more inclusive world.” – Pavan Bhatia
We want to enable friendship pairs to discover the joy of diversity, learn, share and take small actions that can make a big difference to their community, their lives and to the world.
A few important things that we live by
- Inspiring Curiosity
- Encouraging Generosity
- Fostering Friendships
- Sharing Knowledge
WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS SAY ABOUT GenWE
“GenWE has been a good platform to learn new things. I just love how they interact with us in the online section. And the most important thing is that we got new friends through GenWE app. I am very satisfied using this app. Everyone should use Genwe. I hope in they do more progress and more interaction with children’s who are using GenWE” –Kapil, 16 yrs, India Mumbai
GenWE thoughtfully pairs teenagers from different cultural backgrounds to learn and grow together as they become friends. Through sharing meaningful dialogues, empathy-building stories, and constructive activities in a spirit of friendship, young people come to recognize their similarities and to appreciate and build upon their differences. GenWE facilitates individual well-being, leadership skills, and a more inclusive and affirming world.
Award Winning Author and Educator About Friendship and Communication
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda a proponent of Humanistic Education says “Dialogue is an adventure, an adventure available to anyone. And sometimes it’s an adventure whose outcome can change history.” GenWE has so appropriately selected DIALOGUE as a key to raising students from varying socio-economic backgrounds to be pathbreakers in building a world with fewer conflicts.
Educational Consultant and Trail Blazer
Social exclusion and discrimination are huge issues that need to be addressed in our society. I saw the intent and program design of GenWE. Their mission to build inclusive and real-life leadership skills in teenagers is very exciting.
Principal, ShiningStar International School, Abu Dhabi
I’m hugely inspired and excited by GenWE’s vision to build leadership capabilities into the next generation. I can’t wait to meet these teenagers and see the impact of their GenWE learning journey!
GenWE is unique and powerful in its multifaceted approach to tackling youth leadership, bridging the skills gap, and advancing inclusion through global peer to peer mentorship. A promising program aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving tolerance and respect for diversity; while giving youth the necessary leadership and soft skills, enabling their future success in life and in their careers.