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 DOLAPO MOSES OLAYIWOLA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology | Ogbomosho, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

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" Well, I am so excited to be part of this move in another platform because I'm already in the system working to achieve the sustainable development goals. And I'm competent that the skills, knowledge, wisdom and experience that I have gained so far will help to fuel me more and push me to work harder on this path... "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sex Education for Adolescents

Adolescents in many cultures in Nigeria do not have access to information on sexual matters due to the cultural belief and the taboo attached to it. To promote knowledge of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), the Sex Education to Adolescents (SEA) project was designed to educate and empower secondary school students with age-appropriate information. This project will support young people and give them empowerment by improving their analytical, communication and other life skills for health and well-being about sexuality, human rights, values, healthy and respectful relationships, cultural and social norms, gender equality, non-discrimination, sexual behaviour, violence and gender-based violence, consent, sexual abuse and harmful practices. The use of innovative methods to put the message across, such as comics, infographics have been found effective and will be used. Five (5) schools will be involved, with a hundred (100) participants in each secondary school.

According to UNICEF 2017, 44% of young girls are married before their 18th birthday and 18% are married before the age of 15. Furthermore, Nigeria has the largest number of child brides in the world. Also, Nigeria has the highest absolute number of cases of Female Genital Mutilation in the world with 65% prevalence in the southwestern part of the country. Hence, the project aims at reducing the rate of occurrence of early child marriage, teenage pregnancy and female genital mutilation in southwestern Nigeria by creating awareness, educating members of the community, empowering females in the community and involving the male folks in the campaign. It aims at reaching out to adolescents, both males and females, their parents and significant others, and educating them on the effects of early child marriage on the mother, child and society at large, importance of female education and empowerment, consequences of female genital mutilation, reproductive rights and advocating for the girl child. Involving males in the campaign is due to the essential roles they play in decision making and their impacts on the increasing menace.

About the Millennium Fellow

Dolapo OLAYIWOLA is a young influencer, problems solver and solutions provider, he hails from Oyo town, Oyo State, Nigeria and he is currently a 4th year student in the department of medical laboratory sciences of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo state, Nigeria. Dolapo is a diligent young man who has served and still serving humanity in different platforms and non governmental organization, he enjoys helping people and providing solutions to the problems in his environment, he has volunteered for different community services before most especially health related ones. Dolapo is currently serving under UN SDSN Youths as SDG Coordinator for SDGs Students Hub at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria. To cap it up, he has gone through different trainings and empowerments in the past even till this present time ranging from leadership, health, personal development, career, finance, management, research etc.