ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“I'm delighted to be a Millennium Fellow because as a doctor-in-training and an advocate of poverty alleviation, I understand the importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 1&2 in order to eradicate poverty and hunger, and improve the standard of living in my local communities as well as other communities around the world.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
Project Mendicant Relief is aimed at tackling the Almajiri (mendicant) issue in Northern Nigeria through enlightenment, continued advocacy and mentorship. While accomplishing this, the project team hopes to effectively tackle the lack of basic family planning and the rise of poverty which are the two basic roots that led to the corruption of the Almajiri system.
This Semester, Our Project Plans include:
Organizing 10-15 enlightenment sessions reaching out to a total of 1000 Malams (custodian of the mendicants) to educate them on the need to stop the maltreatment, abuse and misuse of the underaged Almajiris.
Increasing support of the public for advocacy against mendicity and alms seeking.
Raising $5000 in grants for the establishment of a rural endeavour and organization of skills acquisition programs for the Almajiris
Through these, the project team hope to reduce mendicity and alms seeking in Northern Nigeria, One Community at a time!.
About the Millennium Fellow
Abdulbasit Ibrahim Olawale is a third year student at Ahmadu Bello University studying Medicine and Surgery. He currently serves as the Vice President 2 of the Ahmadu Bello University Medical Students Association where he oversees the affairs of over 300 students in the preclinical arm of the association. He is also a liaison officer of the Standing Committee on Medical Education and Research of the Federation of African Medical Students Association as well as the Team Lead of the AgroYouth team. With over 12 months experience of active leadership and working on social innovative projects across Nigeria and Africa, covering advocacy for peace, poverty alleviation, against domestic violence and human rights, Abdulbasit is committed to making life better for the less privileged and impoverished communities through the establishment of profitable schemes for the communities.