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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



University of the Witwatersrand | Johannesburg, South Africa | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9


" Being a Millennium Fellow will expose me to people that have the same mindset of being of service and working towards a greater good. I believe my leadership skills will be challenged and strengthened in order for me to become a better leader to serve others. The reason I serve and protect the environment is because I believe it is my purpose - to leave the world a slightly better place than found it. "The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I've lived," Beyoncé . "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Mission Mother Earth

Mission Mother Earth (MME - which means mother in Sotho, one of our national languages in South Africa) is a recyling project which I aim to implement mainly at my university's residences.
Rather than having one bin to throw away all trash, I plan on distributing an abundance of recyling bins at the residences - giving the students the opportunity to recycle, instead of, what I am currently doing, collecting recycables in my cupboard and once my cupboard is full I walk around campus looking for recycling bins to recycle. I believe my university is missing out on a major but yet simple way of saving the planet.
There are more than 10 residences at my university with more than 100 students in each resident. I cant even put into words how much recycling can be done. Many companies are now invested in making environmentally-friendly products - especially clothing and furniture companies. Therefore, now is the time to recycle and make, what I would like to call, ENIVIRONMENTALLY-LOVING products because saving the planet is not just a friendly gesture - it is LOVE.
Left over food from dining hall and self-catering can be used as compost and donated to local farmers instead of ending up in landfill sites, rotting and releasing methane.
I believe that this is part of my purpose. Mission Mother Earth is possible, and possible is nothing - it is worthy and necessary.

About the Millennium Fellow

Nolwazi Zondi is an enthusiastic, young leader who strongly believes in serving people and the environment. Nolwazi was born and raised in South Africa, KwaZulu Natal and moved to Johannesburg for her tertiary studies. Being of service is something Nolwazi was born with, with her third name being Charrity, she felt the obligation to live up to her name. Her interests in the environment were sparked from her primary and high school years which inspired her to engage more in saving the environment. Furthermore, as a yoga enthusiast and founder of her own yoga classes called YONO (Yoga with Nolwazi) Nolwazi believes in the healing powers of nature and it's necessity in a world filled with numerous health issues, which further emphasises the need to save the environment. Nolwazi believes in sharing knowledge with others and helping one another to rise up, which is why she established a Peer Councillor Program, which is a mentorship program, in her Art School to assist first year students academically, mentally and socially. With the above mentioned, Nolwazi aims to further her humanitarian efforts with the Millennium Fellowship and being a helping hand towards the United Nations Sustainability goals.

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