EARTH’s 2019 Millennium Fellows finish project and graduate

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: December 20th, 2019
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EARTH students during a Millenium Fellowship virtual session

Ten EARTH University students successfully completed the 2019 Millennium Fellowship, a leadership program run jointly by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network. Its mandate is to strengthen – during a single semester – young people’s leadership skills in order to generate new ideas about how to fulfill the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Class of 2019 fellows included 1,092 young people selected from more than 7,000 candidates worldwide. They represent 69 universities in 16 different countries.

For Bleck Tita (’20, Cameroon), the Millennium Fellowship strengthened his skills to collaborate with rural communities to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “They gave us a guide to identify problems in society and, together with other leaders, generate a change in communities so that they themselves can comply with the SDGs.”

The fellows from EARTH taught responsible agriculture to children in the communities of Guácimo and Las Mercedes, which neighbor our campus in the province of Limón, Costa Rica. “We focused on sustainable farming in order to update this population’s perspectives on agricultural production,” Bleck said, “teaching them about specializations within agronomy and revealing what’s beyond the traditional concept.”

EARTH representatives participated in the fellowship’s global graduation ceremony, which was held via video conference and attended by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

EARTH’s Millennium Fellows:

Bleck Tita (’20, Cameroon)

Duplicate Sambani (’21, Zimbabwe)

Elase Nyirenda (’21, Zambia)

Lidia Gebremedhin Dilbato (’19, Ethiopia)

Lisa Canto (’19, Belize)

Marisol Morocho (’19, Ecuador)

Memory Jinga (’19, Zimbabwe)

Neserian Long’ldu (’21, Tanzania)

Precious Nemutenzi (’20, Zimbabwe)

Tseganesh Sete (’19, Ethiopia)