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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.



Ashesi University | Accra, Ghana | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 1


" I believe that the Millennium Fellowship is a family and a community that will help me collaborate and network with diverse fellows from around the globe . Hence, I am looking forward to attaining soft and hard skills from my upcoming experience as a Millennium Fellow and use the knowledge to provide social impact to my community and Africa. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: IshangoPlus

Most students in rural areas lack knowledge about the variety of opportunities (both academics and non-academic) available to them after graduation. The project 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 went 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 have the only focus of graduating and finding work. However, we would want some of these students to start up businesses which would intend to employ their mates and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

About the Millennium Fellow

Claire Chaseya Makuyana is a creative global citizen passionate about bringing quality education opportunities to low-income students from Zimbabwe. Claire is a Zimbabwean by birth, but she is currently pursuing a Computer Engineering Bachelors degree at Ashesi University in Ghana. While growing up, Claire grew up surrounded by economic hardships, and one of the few ways to make it in life was to study abroad and attain high paying jobs there. Unfortunately, most people who managed to acquire fully paid scholarships and highly paid overseas jobs never returned to their home country. They never returned to give back to their societies or assist other Zimbabwean students with knowledge on how to tackle study abroad opportunities. Hence, when she attained a fully paid MasterCard Scholarship at Ashesi University, Claire made it her goal to use the experience and knowledge she attained while applying for study abroad opportunities to help other students back in Zimbabwe. Since then, It has been her mission to support the fourth Sustainable Development Goal of providing quality education.

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