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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



African Leadership University | Pamplemousses, Mauritius | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 5


" Empathy and innovation are my key drivers for designing effective solutions to problems faced in the world. My participation in the Millennium Fellowship will immensely grow my skillsets and expand my network. This will enhance my social impact through effective projects designed for unemployed youth in many Zimbabwean communities. I am looking forward to learning, connecting, collaborating, and channeling the outcome towards UNAI principles and SDGs. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: You Matter Initiave

Most students in rural areas lack knowledge about the variety of opportunities (both academics and non-academic) available to them after graduation. It is divided into two main parts and also has a minor feature which would be a podcast. The first part of the project involves organizing campaigns and visiting schools in remote rural areas in Ghana to enlighten high school students from these schools about the opportunities and programs available to high school students. The Ashesi team will walk them through what they have to do to be fully equipped with the necessary skills to be entitled to these opportunities.

The second part of the problem involves organizing a 3-month mentorship program between high school students from rural areas with student volunteers from universities worldwide. The mentor-mentee pairing will be done considering the students' career aspirations. Through this mentorship program, the students will learn from their seniors who when through the process before them. They will be able to gain guidance concerning their path after high school graduation. The podcast would focus on having talks with student entrepreneurs. This would be to discuss how these entrepreneurs came up with their business what inspires them and advice they would give to other students. The Ashesi team sees this as a necessary feature of the project because we would not want students to only focus of graduating and finding work. However, we would want some of these students to start up business which would in tend employ their mates and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. This project is mainly focused on advancing SDG 4 and promoting the goal 5 of UNAI goals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Nqobile Jenipher Ncube is a dynamic young person who is mission-driven. She is a Social Science undergraduate at the African Leadership University. Her ever-growing skillsets correlate with her mission which is to advocate for social justice. Nqobile is always finding ways to translate her education into actionable solutions to the problems in her community. She has managed to design solutions through systems thinking and human-centered design (HDC). She is actively part of an organization that seeks to connect the youth with opportunities (internships, scholarships, and fellowships, mentoring) utilizing the available resources. The rich diverse environment enhanced by the African Leadership University has enabled her to expand her network and create meaningful relationships and bonds that will be vital in her upcoming projects. She aspires to grow her skills in entrepreneurial leadership so that she can fully use her platform to advocate for social justice. through social entrepreneurship, therefore, contributing towards achieving the United Nations's Sustainable Goals.

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