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 AYODEJI RICHARD OGUNLEYE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Obafemi Awolowo University | Ife, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3

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" Education is the bedrock of development for a Nation. Quality education also impacts the lives of individuals and gives everyone a fair chance at self actualization and improved livelihood. As a Millennium Fellow, I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the attainment of the SDGs particularly SDG4, learn from seasoned mentors, improve my leaadership skills and work with other fellows to make greater impact in education. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Knowledge November

Knowledge November is a project which aims to promote literacy and education among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged school age children in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Nigeria. Education is the bed rock of development in any human society. The ability to read and write is fundamental to learning, innovation and creating socio-economic and scientific solutions.

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, many homes and families are faced with financial hardships, the government have announced a slash in budgetary allocation to education which all the more makes the prospect of receiving quality education grimmer for children in these communities.

Now in its second year, we hope that through Knowledge November children can find joy in learning and dream of a bright and prosperous future. The project embarks on a month long awarenes, advocacy and fundraising campaign program asking for greater funding and support for the education of children especially from poor communities.

In the first week of December we commit to donating books and stationeries from money raised to community schools which have been identified to be underfunded and in need. We also speak with the pupils to encourage them and inspire them on their learning journey.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ayodeji Ogunleye is a final year medical student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is a Nigerian who resides in the ancient city of Ile-Ife. Ayodeji has long been passionate about advocacy for quality education and capacity building for children and youths. He draws from his experience growing up in the suburb of Lagos, the wide disparity between private and public education system and community enagagement. In the past few years he has pursued contributing to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, through speaking events, training programs and book fundraising projects. He is keen on collaboration for social impact and developing his advocacy skills. This young leader aspires to become a Medical Doctor and Policy Maker.