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 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SULA MABUZA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Ashesi University | Accra, Ghana | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I believe that being a fellow is a great stepping stone for me to the future plans I have with regards to improving other people’s lives in Swaziland, especially the youth as most of them go through challenges which we also faced. As a Millennium Fellow I will get to learn from my colleagues on different approaches to solving pressing social problems and achieving most of the Sustainable Development Goals in Swaziland and beyond, as I was I will also get the chance to also help others with their projects. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Unleash Africa
Unleash Africa was established as means to empower the youth of the country towards being the future leaders which the country deserves to have. It has two branches, one branch concentrates on empowering the youth to follow their dreams by introducing them to leadership and entrepreneurial projects which will open up the way they think and realize the wealth there is in opening ventures that will aim at eradicating social issue. They are also taught programming to help enhance their knowledge in the IT world which aims at improving on the technology there is in the country. The second branch mainly focuses on girls, making sure that they are well represented in the country by involving them in projects that will help them realize their potential and the strength they have to pursue the same job opportunities or leadership opportunities that boys have in the country and abroad, with this Unleash Africa is aiming at minimizing dependency and teenage pregnancy in the country. In Unleash Africa we believe that if girls get a taste of what they can do, like simple social projects, then their confidence will be boosted, making them believe in their dreams so much that they can put all their efforts in making their dreams come true. We realize that the reason behind Swaziland not developing is that Swazi citizens are no aware of the basic skills needed to start a business, to be leaders and to invest in their own country and so many of them end up settling for low income jobs and some end up leaving the country or getting involved in sexual activities that puts a risk to their health, for instance the high rate of HIV/AIDS we have in the country.
Unleash Africa's activities include hosting leadership summits, where the youth is introduced to a series of leadership seminars, bringing on board other Swazi leaders and social driven personnel and competing in multiple social ventures' competitions that are held by Unleash Africa. The social ventures' competitions are all about allowing the participating students to think outside the box and come up with the best business ideas that can be implemented and would actually scale in the long run. The best social venture is funded with capital which we get from donations and those that are from our own pockets. We also provide mentor-ship for the winners and help them in succeeding with their projects.
About the Millennium Fellow
Sula Mabuza is a Swazi computer engineering student at Ashesi University. His passion for technology saw him being involved in a project with The Knowledge Institute to implement a WhatsApp Chat Bot which is to supply students with information about scholarships and opportunities all over the world which they can apply to. He grew up under the care of his mother and grandmother which strengthened him and made him appreciate the important role which women play on child development. His growth as an underprivileged child encourages him to ensure that other children do not undergo what he went through.