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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AMBIKA KOBAYASHI KRISHNAPILLAI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Ashoka University | Sonipat, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

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" Through Millennium Fellowship I will be able to expand my communicative and empathetic skills, which are both crucial when convening with students from across the globe. By focusing on SDG 4 (Education), I can further my understanding of what requires reform in an educational institution and ways to accordingly problem-solve. This opportunity will help transform my passion into practice and I look forward to interacting with MCN's diverse circle of peers. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: EduClick

My project titled EduClick centers around quality education. A work in progress, this projects main objective is to provide children in Indian schools with a student-centric education model. This involves having training sessions with teachers to explore a variety of assessment strategies (such as peer assessments, formative question types, developing marking rubrics etc) and understanding the importance of higher-cognitive skill based questions. Through surveys and discussion sessions, I will be able to analyse the impact this restructuring of assessments have on students and whether it helps deepen their critical thinking abilities. I chose to work on this project because of the general dissatisfaction students face with a rigid curriculum. In most Indian schools there's is a heavy emphasis on rote-learning and this is reflected in the poor phraseology of assessment questions as well. I thought working around this problem would not only benefit students but their teachers too, as an improvement in student performance can also reflect on the job satisfaction of teachers.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ambika K Krishnapillai is currently a rising sophomore at Ashoka University. She enjoys interacting with students from across the world and learning about pressing global issues. She is passionate about reshaping the education system to better suit a student-centric learning model that allows children to fully reap the benefits of their classroom. This includes gauging both the teacher's and students' satisfaction with their classes to help establish a pupil-mentor partnership. She would love to see the classroom transform into a site that embraces questioning, critical thinking and convening.