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Alabi Johnson Sunday selected for Millennium Fellowship: Taking action to advance UN goals




On 2018, United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network (MCN) launched the Millennium Fellowship.  The selective Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals. For the Class of 2020, 15,159 students applied from 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  Only 6% of the campuses were selected to host Fellows for the Class of 2020.

Today the Class of 2020 has been announced at millenniumfellows.org. 1,428 extraordinary Millennium Fellows have been selected on 80 campuses across 20 nations to participate this year. Leading campus cohorts have been selected from every region of the globe. From August through December, Millennium Fellows will take action to help make the Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations Academic Impact Principles reality. The proposed Fellowship projects are bold and innovative:
At Kathmandu School of Law, Purbanchal University, Nepal, Millennium Fellows are conducting a research-based project to assess how COVID-19 has impacted the dissemination of Quality Education within Nepal with the goal of creating a policy guideline to bestow quality education during and after the pandemic.
• At University of Ilorin, Nigeria, a Millennium Fellow advances SDG 5: Gender Equality through a grassroots movement to stop child marriage. This initiative aims to raise awareness on the negative consequences of child marriage in addition to supporting girls in the community by fundraising for scholarships to continue their education and become independent. During the Millennium Fellowship, the Project is projected to positively impact 200 people. 
At Duke University, United States, Millennium Fellows are creating a website to bridge the gap between climate change media and ordinary people who want to make a difference.  The website shows individuals what they can do in their daily lives, in their spare time/weekends, and in their careers to reduce their carbon footprint. This initiative is projected to reach and positively impact 80,000 people during the Millennium Fellowship.
At Federal University Oye Ekiti, Nigeria, Millennium Fellow advances SDG 4: Quality Education, Educating the young Minds is major in initiating the young mind with the right initiative and the right mindset towards Academic importance. Projected towards raising funds to assist the poor minds to get access to information and primary education inclusively assisting the poor Nigeria child with the provision with educational aid. Educating the young minds across the campus on skills acquisition, including the proper utilization of the technology asset in acquiring Value and building a responsible financial literacy.

“When we created the United Nations Academic Impact to foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility, we considered ‘intellect’ not as something remote or esoteric, but rather as a quality innate in every thinking individual. Our collaboration with MCN will allow students to demonstrate how the wisdom and thought they invest in their formal curriculum can be extended to a greater purpose of common good, lending their strengths to their communities and their world and, in turn, being enriched by them,” shared Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact.

“On every campus and in every community, student leaders are committed to making positive contributions while committed to our ethos: empathetic, humble, inclusive leadership. Emerging leaders need requisite training, connections, and recognition to deepen their social impact as undergraduates and throughout their careers. Partnering with UNAI enables us to engage more students, providing a powerful framework to help them convene, take action, and elevate the important contributions they make.  

I congratulate Alabi Johnson Sunday for bold commitment to strengthen community and help make UN goals reality,” shared Sam Vaghar, Executive Director and Co-founder of MCN.
Learn more about the Millennium Fellowship at millenniumfellows.org.
Press: contact@mcnpartners.org

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