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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT DEVINA KANT, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
National Institute of Technology Karnataka | Mangaluru, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3
" I am passionate about using technology to have a positive social effect. Everything I do is directed toward this goal. I believe I need to improve my abilities and knowledge to have a significant effect.
It means a lot to me to be a Millennium Fellow. I feel I will learn a lot about how to achieve my objectives.
I do what I do because I truly believe that unless everyone participates in some type of social work, in some way, we will not be able to remove ills such as poverty, illiteracy, sickness, and so on.
I want to make sure that I do everything in my power to get to know and help the people around me and disseminate the message of care and service to as many people as possible. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Jeevanadi
Project Jeevanadi focuses on creating a meaningful impact primarily on three important social issues: Financial literacy for women and school children, menstrual health and quality education for underprivileged children and education for underserved children.
1. Financial Literacy: A topic that isn’t given much attention in schools which in turn leads to students growing up to make poor life decisions in their future. Women and children in India have always held a paradoxical position when it comes to making financial decisions, we empower them through conducting workshops, by guiding them step-by-step in attaining a level of financial literacy.
2. Menstrual Health & Hygiene: According to one study, only 36% of India’s 336 million menstruating females use sanitary napkins while the rest use life-threatening materials to manage the flow leading to issues due to it. Our team aims to educate women about menstrual health and distribute basic sanitary kits through various on-ground operations.
3. Education for underserved children: Our team is passionate about educating children who do not have access to the resources to fulfil their potential with personal mentoring sessions. We believe that enabling them is the first step to fixing what is missing in our society. We will be tutoring them in basic subjects and offering career guidance to help them realize their goals.
About the Millennium Fellow
Devina Kant is an engineering student at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka who is optimistic, kind, and aware. She was born in the Indian city of New Delhi. Devina is profoundly committed to the education of children, financial literacy, menstrual hygiene, and women's safety. On a regular basis, she tutors children in shelter homes, orphanages, and the children of daily wage labourers.
She has also organised sanitary pad drives for women in rural India.
Devina is kept awake at night by the knowledge that only 25% of students in Indian schools complete high school, that only 20% of women have access to sanitary pads, and that one woman is raped every 16 minutes in India. She believes it is her responsibility to see that these statistics improve.