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 KHUSHI NIGAM, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Delhi | New Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3

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" Millennium Fellowship for me represents the highest of honors one can acquire in their youth. To be part of a global network of changemakers, to be part of the restless youth that refuses the status-quo asphyxiating our society is a matter of extreme pride. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it provides the perfect opportunity to learn, to grow and to impact. Being part of this fellowship reinforces the fact that one stick may easily be broken, but a bundle of sticks together is impossible to break, and thus, together with like-minded individuals from around the world striving for a change, nothing can stop us from achieving the ideal, sustainable world in the future.

I firmly believe that one pen, one notebook, one teacher and one student can change the world. On my journey working towards SDG 4 and UNAI 4 & 9, I hope Millennium Fellowship will act as a stepping-stone for me to ameliorate my skills, my competencies and to equip me with knowledge to make an impact in my country. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Educare

I worked on Project Educare in collaboration with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Over the last 3 months, I invested 50+ hours on making a reliable syllabus and activities for government teaching initiative and teaching one-on-one English and communication classes to 100 adults, aged 18-30, hailing from diverse backgrounds of India. Some were differently-abled, others were mothers who had brought their children, amongst many other zealous and passionate students. We have expanded our team to give employment to several women and men who lost their fiscal security during COVID. As of now, I have helped GSDS recruit candidates to teach hard skills such as couture and computer and accountancy.
My project was realised in collaboration with the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushailya Yojana (a very long name!) or National Scheme of Rural Youth Employment.

I am advocating SDG 4, but also SDG 3 (Acting as a mental support and discussing mental health extensively; building their self esteem and confidence) and SDG 5 (reiterating women empowerment to the women who did not know how to write English/did not believe in their skills).

About the Millennium Fellow

Khushi (Happiness!) Nigam, like her name suggests, likes to deliver happiness to those deprived of it. She is an undergraduate student pursuing Political Science at the University of Delhi. She was born in India, but from her little corner of the world, she has learnt 5 global languages, including Spanish and Dutch, and she believes in alleviating poverty and discrimination in her country through education. Khushi teaches English to underprivileged -but highly motivated!- students, and she hopes to one day spread the gift of education to each and every child of India.