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 ZIKISA ZINTLE NGQELE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of the Western Cape | Cape Town, South Africa | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3

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" I am excited to being a chosen Millennium Fellow as it is validation that there is room for my dreams, the dreams of a township girl.
I am a firm believer in that "no education system can function beyond the caliber of its teacher's." That is why I am always in constant quest of equipping and advancing myself with relevant leadership and skill sets that I could one day utilise in the classroom.
As I envision myself being part of the young people that will rethink, reimagine and redesign the current state of the curriculum. Being a Millennium Fellow will offer me an opportunity to mingle amongst minds that think like mine. Minds who want to be at the forefront of pioneering a better future.
My project Nyathela Phambili, serves a dual purpose. Nyathela Phambili is an innovative that aims to restore the dignity of a school going child; with a decent pair of school shoes.
I want the school going children in my community to step forward (Nyathela Phambili) in their education journey with the hope that we will one day meet in the classroom. In the meantime they will be moving forward in the education system, I will be advancing myself academically preparing for our eventual meet in the classroom, in the very near future. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Nyathela Phambili

Nyathela Phambili is a project that advocates for young school children to stay in the education system. Symbolically giving those children in need of school shoes, shoes as a sign to encourage them to see their education journey to its end.

About the Millennium Fellow

Zikisa Ngqele is currently pursuing a degree in English, from The University of the Western Cape, her degree encompasses three disciplines namely, English, History and Linguistics.
She has spent majority of her undergraduate years being involved in co-curricular leadership positions.
Zikisa, has always been driven by the aspirations of one day being an agent who is responsible for social change and justice in her community: the township of kwaLanga and ultimately in South Africa at large. By living a life that is primarily dedicated to being of service.
The SDG goal she resonates the most with is quality education. As she believes in a teaching and learning system; where learning extends far beyond examination. Her call to education is a simple call, and that call is that; education is a basic human right.