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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


" Decent, quality education is one of the essential factors in developing a person and ultimately a good and thoughtful society. It's not merely about reaching out to humanity or teaching the children because there is nothing on our schedules but ensuring quality impact in the work we do. Being a Millennium Fellow helps me approach my work with quality, and it far outweighs just reaching out to society: it opens up better ways of approaching and tackling the problem. "

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

Ropafadzo Danai Sacirarwe (Zimbabwe) is a responsible and hardworking student pursuing a Management Information Systems degree at Ashesi University. She is a vibrant, cheerful leader and a problem solver whose hunger and thirst are to create social impact. As a firm believer in education, Ropa stands by saying that "a decent quality education gives one a good starting point in life", and this is mainly because reflecting on her life, education is one tool that has played a pivotal role in helping her access life-changing opportunities. Driven by the undying urge to serve others and avail that privilege to other disadvantaged children, Ropa collaborated with a Non-Profit organisation to deliver quality education to underprivileged children in her neighbourhood. At Ashesi, she is a youth mentor for the children living in the streets under the Future of Africa Organisation.

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