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 NAJIWA BABIRYE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Mbarara, Uganda | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 2

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" Innovation, flexibility and hardworking skills stimulated by my thinking and zealous body drove my art and work. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will improve these skills. The skills I gain from the fellowship will transform and make my social impact on youths in the community and will align with the UNAI principles and SDGs. Iam excited to increase my expectatory competency by envisioning numerous ways of learning and innovativeness "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Girl Inspire Project

Girls are often forced to terminate their education; this, along with limited mobility, limited access to social networks, the burden of household responsibilities, and the obligation to care for other children in the household prevent girls from reaping the benefits of good education and economic programs. Once out of school, early marriage and pregnancy are often the only economic pathways forward for girls, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

The project aims to build the capacity of 60 young vulnerable girls that are victims of child early marriages and those that stand a risk to enhance their incomes through mushroom growing and production. This is to be achieved by empowering these girls with skills and knowledge in mushroom growing and production through provision of information. In addition, mushroom growing implements are to be purchased and provided to the 60 girls formed into 5 groups. These are to include drums, wheelbarrows, and tarpaulins, weighing scales, sealing machines, spawns, lime, timber, nails, gauze wire and cotton waste. A revolving fund is to be initiated to encourage these girls to develop a culture of saving so as to become self-reliant and attain economic freedom.

About the Millennium Fellow

Babirye Najiwa is an intelligent, hardworking and competitive person. She is a Ugandan, pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing at Mbarara University of science and technology in Mbarara City,Uganda. She is passionate about helping others and her dream is to help others improve their standards of living economically and healthwise.