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 JUSTINE AKORFA EFUA DAGADU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology | Kumasi, Ghana | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

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" The Millennium Fellowship program aims at
making the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals a reality in all parts of the
world; I want to be part of this by making the
goals a reality in my community.
I believe this is a program of necessity to me
in my journey of solving societal problems, as
it will build me up with the required knowledge
and skills for my projects.
Also, this program will give me the chance to
meet new great minds and, together, we would
share ideas and strategies which would, in the
long run, benefit us all.
Finally, it will provide me with the necessary
materials that would ensure the success of my
project. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Bamsima- A bridge to the rural-urban educational gap

Bamsima, which means to teach in the "Dagomba" dialect, is a project that seeks to make quality and higher education easily accessible to students in Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency, a rural area in Ghana.

Research indicates that as of 2019, 597,000 Ghanaian children remained out of school, and only 52% of students in the rural areas completed primary school. The most prevalent cause for these low attendance and high dropout rates is cost. Even with the free public school system, there are hidden expenses - books, extra classes, etc.-which low-income earners cannot bear. For this reason, children in rural areas are deprived of access to quality and higher education, creating an educational gap and lowering the standards of living of the people in the community.

Project Bamsima seeks to bridge this educational gap by providing the required educational resources for enhanced learning, a conducive study environment, motivation and encouragement to help the students appreciate the importance of education, and access to scholarships and financial aids to cater to their educational needs.

About the Millennium Fellow

A girl with wild imaginations, a tech enthusiast, and a lover of science is Justine Akorfa Dagadu. She is an electrical engineering student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Throughout her life, Justine has been enthusiastic about using innovation to solve prevalent issues, especially in Africa. This passion has driven her to bring together people to form a community - a community of changemakers. Justine foresees a better Africa and a better world and would love to contribute her quota in achieving this goal.