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 ASHIMA SHUKLA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Hong Kong, China | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

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" Saint-Exupery believed, "What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it". I am immensely grateful to be a Millennium Fellow, to be able to learn from and witness student leaders around the world take steps to create lasting change. I am eager to use this platform to bring to light the many forms of bias within and outside us, to take a step back and relearn what knowledge, communication and critical thinking mean in today's world. I am so excited to learn with this driven, dedicated, and diverse group of thinkers and doers! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: It's Linked

The project, It’s LinkEd, aims to empower youth by 1) Developing digital literacy, 2) Developing scientific literacy and critical thinking skills, and 3) Promoting a love of learning.

Today, one finds oneself bombarded with misinformation and fake news. With social media algorithms further perpetuating polarisation, and news companies fighting to make the most sensational headlines to receive the most views, impressionable young students are starting to hold questionable opinions without understanding the evidence behind them. Moreover, while technology has kept the world connected during this pandemic, this overreliance on digital activities leads to internet addictions, with adverse psychological, physiological and social consequences.

This project aims to spread awareness through creating an easy-to-understand Instagram page, fun and informative videos for easy learning, and more intensive self-learning online modules. We cover topics across the spectrum, such as logical fallacies, the digital divide, and technology addiction. Moreover, we are in the process of defining terms to collaborate with local charitable organisations to provide learning modules, practice worksheets/exercises, and an interactive forum for discussion for secondary school students in Hong Kong.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ashima Shukla is a learner, a creative, and a global citizen. Born in India, she has lived in Delhi, Bangalore, Dhaka, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. With each move, her passion for understanding the truth of the human condition has deepened, along with her love of diversity. Studying Applied Linguistics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been the perfect opportunity for Ashima to explore the impact of discourse in shaping culture and people's world views. In both her humanitarian work and writing, she hopes to empower others to unpack the many layers of meaning, quit dichotomous thinking, and embrace inclusivity.