The Scholas World Youth Encounter took place in Panama and continues World ORTโ€™s collaboration with Pope Francisโ€™s Scholas Occurrentes Foundation. ORT student and staff delegations travelled to Panama City from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Israel, Spain and South Africa. In total, 50 students from 18 countries shared their experiences of life in their home cities. The four-day program featured art, music and sport sessions while encouraging the teenagers to learn more about themselves, their peers, their religions and the world around them. Three scholars from South Africa participated in the event and Tali, a student from South Africa, said: โ€œThis experience opened my eyes to how many cultures there are, how many languages, how to communicate with people โ€“ itโ€™s been great.โ€