Smangaliso Areal Mbili

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. 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.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SMANGALISO AREAL MBILI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

African Leadership University l Kigali, Rwanda l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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I believe all the challenges the world is currently facing the world will only be changed by us, a generation that is in a transitional phase. What excites me about the Millennium fellowship is the platform and support it offers to committed changemakers. The visibility of other young people who are advancing the sustainable development goals in their different capacities is essential. It is all the motivation one needs to know that they can make an impact now.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

Arise Adventures is a youth-led non-profit organization that is aimed at creating innovative programs to engage youth through leadership and entrepreneurial experiences to cultivate original ideas for development in their communities. Arise Adventures provides young people with ideas that have a great potential to impact communities with a unique opportunity to have access to a specialized curriculum to help them develop essential skills to help them establish their ideas. Arise Adventures strives to build a rigorous network of determined young people within the country, connect them to opportunities and resources to scale up their impact in communities. Our aim is to 1) partner with 5 schools, 2) organise 3 festivals, 3) secure 3 annual sponsors.

About the Millennium Fellow

Smangaliso is a sophomore at African Leadership University where he is pursuing a major (mission) in Global Challenges with a focus in education. A graduate of the African Leadership Academy, born and raised in South Africa, Smangaliso has always been drawn to issues surrounding the educational sector and youth development. Having had most of his primary and secondary education in a public school, he has identified public education in South Africa as a challenge that needs to be solved. Currently, he believes youth development and access to quality education are the places to start. When he isn't working on youth development projects, activism or taking classes, Smangaliso enjoys dancing, hiking, cooking, and talking about activism.

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