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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


" Being a Millennium Fellow will enhance my leadership abilities, allow me to build networks, and provide me with exposure and recognition. I will also learn more about the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). These abilities will assist me in pursuing my passion for social impact and development. I am looking forward to meeting new people, learning new skills, and expanding my creative horizons. "

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

Sarah Tarawally is a hardworking young lady who is deeply concerned about social issues affecting children and young girls. She received her first degree in Economics from the University of Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Social Sciences at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. She was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her desire to make the world a better place inspired her to establish the Girls' Power Initiative, which has organized several campaigns to raise awareness among young girls in Freetown. She intends to pursue these causes further because she sees them as her own way of contributing to development.

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