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 ZIBUSISO NDLOVU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

National University of Science and Technology | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3

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" I strongly believe the Millennium Fellowship program will be a perfect opportunity to express my perspectives on the importance of skills development in our education system and literacy in this modern era. The skills I will benefit from the Millennium Fellowship will greatly enhance my impact on the local schools. I'll get to visit as they're in line with SDG 4 ( Quality Education ). I am also thrilled to be part and parcel of this amazing program. I can't wait to kickstart my project work! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Education through Inclusion of Skills

My name is Zibusiso Ndlovu, an Actuarial Science Student at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. My project is called Education through the inclusion of skills. It draws inspiration from the high levels of truancy, drop-out rate, and illiteracy that are ever-increasing, especially in the rural areas, due to varying reasons such as financial constraints, drug addictions, and lack of guidance. I gladly harnessed the opportunity by visiting the most affected school called Dombo primary school, located in rural areas. As a fan of Sustainable development goal 4 (Quality Education), I made an advocacy speech emphasizing the importance of literacy in our modern era. I also touched on several benefits that one might get by being educated, such as better living standards and poverty eradication in the long run. The speech that I made meant to influence learners' minds to reconsider all the self-defeating behavior that is messing up with academic progress, such as bunking at school. As a result, it encouraged them to take a leap of faith and be fully involved with their studies as they now have heard that they are on the right path. The other part that I emphasized was the need for skills in the curriculum, such as practical subjects like woodwork, fashion, and metalwork. If these skills are taught at an early age, it makes it easier for the children to grow their talents and possibly make a living if they are interested in pursuing them as a career. I also donated kindergarten counting objects, two boxes of Eversharp ballpoint pens, two boxes of Exercise books and two boxes of Pencils, twenty study packs on top of that, ten school uniforms, and 48 school masks given to the vulnerable learners.

About the Millennium Fellow

Zibusiso Ndlovu is a young-man aged 20 years who is currently studying Bcomm Actuarial Science at the National of Science and Technology. He has proved to be a compassionate and caring individual through his philantropic acts as an World Literacy Ambassador by making an advocacy speech informing about the importance of literacy as well as having positive impact by donating face masks, uniforms and stationary to the 50 vulnerable learners of Dombo primay school located in rural areas. Zibusiso hopes to use the Millennium Fellowship as a pathway to voice his views on skills development, career guidance and literacy.