ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SHEKILA JUMA ATHMAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
African Leadership University | Pamplemousses, Mauritius | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 5
" Creativity, flexibility, and improvement, are the three common things that drive my way of working. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will enhance my skills. Moreover, the skills that I will gain in the Millennium Fellowship will make a social impact on the art communities more tangible and aligned with the SDG. All this to increase my competence by envisioning new cultures of learning and creativity. "
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
Shekila Juma Athman is a self-assuring, quick to learn and focused social science student at the African Leadership College, Mauritius. Shekila has always been passionate about women’s rights and advocacy of the youth. This drive has been translated into Shekila’s immediate community and the international community she has interacted with. Both my high school and college years, she has successfully organised various projects, helped out and represented a group pf people, which through that my leadership skills have significantly improved and become more impactful/ Shekila aspires to be in the professional world where she can contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals.