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 NYASHA MILANZI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Ashesi University | Accra, Ghana | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 1
" The change I wish to see in my community of increased capacity building of young energy leaders can only be championed by the one burning to see change. "
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
Nyasha Milanzi is originally from Zimbabwe and a student at Ashesi University studying Electrical Engineering. While at Ashesi, she worked on an intelligent bio-gas project for a year. The project introduced her to energy poverty in Africa which she could not ignore while stunting developing countries' economies. She believes technology has the potential to accelerate energy access efforts. Today, she wants to give the student energy leaders access to mentorship and relevant experience through her non-profit to build successful careers. She contributes to open-source projects, including Global-Energy Monitor. Recently she started writing CLI-fi to amplify community voices mostly impacted by climate change.