"I am very passionate about the empowerment of the girl child. I believe that there is so much potential in the girl child and with the right mentorship, resources and efforts, girls can do so much more than the world ever expects. I am where I am today because some people believed in me. They believed in my dreams and aspirations and I want to be the person who believes in the dreams and talents of those children."
Millennium Fellowship Project
Little Dreamers Foundation is a subsidized preschool that will be located in the high-density area of Glenview 8, Harare. Because of the increased insistence by the government to mandate all students to attend preschool before enrollment in primary school, most financially disadvantaged families have been forced to seek funds to enroll their children in preschool and ECD programs. This preschool will provide quality yet affordable preschool education to children from these families with a particular emphasis on the girl child.
About the Millennium Fellow
Shantel Marekera is a MasterCard Foundation scholar pursuing the 4+1 justice studies accelerated program at ASU. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and has been on the Dean’s List of outstanding scholars every semester. Shantel has held several leadership positions including serving as the Director of diversity and inclusion for the Undergraduate Student Government, Editor in Chief for HerCampus magazine, CLAS leader and the undergraduate student representative in the Campus Inclusion Committee. Shantel has completed several judicial and legislative internships including serving as a legislative intern for the Judiciary committee at the Arizona State Senate.
Shantel was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship just weeks after completing the Millennium Fellowship, and will study International Affairs at the University of Oxford beginning fall 2019. In addition, Shantel will represent Millennium Fellows on UN Women’s Beijing+25 Youth Task Force. In addition, Shantel represented the Millennium Fellowship in speaking at the United Nations Headquarters during the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum (video below).
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