Grants:Project/Rapid/LUCG Wikimedia Community/LUCG First Edit-a-thon

LUCG Wikimedia Community/ LUCG First Edit-a-thon
A project to recruit new editors and improve articles on English Wikipedia, and Wikidata.
targetWikipedia, Wikidata
start date14th January
start year2022
end date30th January 5 March
end year2022
budget (local currency)Gh¢ 6555
budget (USD)1073.35
grant typegroup
non-profit statusnonprofit
granteeLUCG Community
contact(s)• lucgwikicommunity(_AT_)•

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Add or improve content on Wikipedia
  2. Improve or create item on Wikidata
  3. Engage existing editors
  4. Recruit new editors
  5. Increase skills for existing and new editors

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We are planning to host one editathon to focus on
Introducing new volunteers to Wikipedia and Wikidata

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.

  1. African Mailing List
  2. Wikimedia Forum

You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

Global Open Initiative social media spaces
Wikimedia Ghana User Group Mailing List

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?

For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

  1. Global Open Initiative social media spaces
  2. LUCG Wikimedia Community Whatsapp group
  3. LUCG SRC Mailing List

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

  1. User:Sunkanmi12
  2. User:Kinvidia
  3. User:Oladipupo193

5. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Participants will be notified beforehand to come with their laptops if they are to participate in editing. Events will be hosted at Lakeside University College, Ghana. The institution will further provide internet hardware and computers to support the project. As a university, the venue would likely attract many new editors. To ensure that these new editors are equipped with the skills they'd need to contribute during the practical sessions, all participants would be taken through both Wikidata and Wikipedia editing tutorials before actual editing takes place.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

  1. Participants will be taught how to use talk pages so that, after the project, their recent changes will be monitored and feedback posted on their talk pages.
  2. Participants will have the benefit of engaging at least 3 experienced editors who will be present at the events. These engagements may serve as mentorship opportunities for the new editors to increase their on-wiki skills even after the project ends.
  3. Participants will be added to one or more of the following platforms (that will be created) to facilitate their continued engagement with Wikidata and Wikipedia:

WhatsApp Mailing list

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

Participants will be put into teams and allowed to compete for prizes. While everyone at the event will receive stickers, the project will give T-Shirts to top contributors by assessing their (participants) edits over a period of one (1) month. Taking into consideration that the different participants will have varied editing interests, the project will ensure that everyone stands an equal chance of winning a prize. Different price categories will be created for both Wikidata and Wikipedia contributions:

  • Edit count
  • Pages created/edited
  • Bytes Added to Wikipedia


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: 1
  2. Number of participants: 25
  3. Number of new editors: 20
  4. Number of articles created or improved: 40 ( 20 Wikipedia articles and 20 Wikidata items)
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

User:Sunkanmi12 will be facilitating the events with the help of at least 2 experienced editors to be present at the event. User: Kinvidia will lead the introductory workshops by providing Wikidata and Wikipedia editing training. The remaining facilitators will be involved in providing support for editors during the practical sessions. These facilitators will include:

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Item Details Unit Ghc Quantity Total Ghc Comment
Venue space Lakeside University College, Ghana 600 1 600
Projector We'll rent a projector for single-use 400 1 400
Internet routers We'll need to buy an internet router for the event 500 1 500
Internet Data 20GB data expected to be used for the event 240 1 240
Power extension socket This will allow many people to connect to an electric power source 70 5 350
Refreshment (Light Breakfast + Lunch) For 25 total participants including the 5 facilitators 1500 1 1500
Water For 25 total participants including the 5 facilitators 75 1 75
Mugs 5 total customized printed mugs as contest prizes 40 5 200
T-Shirts 15 total customized printed T-Shirts as contest prizes including 5 T-Shirts for facilitators 40 15 600
Stickers Wikidata', 'Wikipedia' and stickers to go round for all 2.5 60 150 All printing materials will be reusable for other activities
Banner Event banner 100 1 100
Printing Event posters, program outline, tutorial, etc 1 60 60
Transportation for items To-and-fro transportation for purchase of items 60 3 180
Transportation for event facilitators To-and-fro transportation (or fuel allowance) for event facilitators 60 5 300 Participants actual distances and modes of transport may vary
Transportation for event participants To-and-fro transportation for event participants coming from the outskirts of Accra, who may be in need of travel support 70 10 700
Miscellaneous 600 n/a 600
Ghc 6555 1 USD = 6.107 Ghc
USD 1073.35 Based on Oanda Exchange (Nov 24, 2021)


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  1.   Strong support This project will encourage free knowledge and improve capacity building in the community Elkay20 (talk) 15:44, 15 November 2021 (UTC)
  2. This project will give an avenue for new editors and volunteers to enhance their skills102.176.65.15 19:06, 15 November 2021 (UTC)
  3.   Strong support I endorse this project because it is much needed at LUCG as it will go a long wayMukaram123 (talk) 21:34, 15 November 2021 (UTC)
  4.   Strong support Excited to see the students at LUCG setting up a Wikipedia club. The numerous wiki outreach projects that Global Open Initiative held there seem to be paying off now. (I still have fond memories of the Parliament of Ghana editathons :-) ) All the best!-—M@sssly 12:11, 16 November 2021 (UTC)
  5. This is a good project which will be of great benefit to the community Oladipupo193 (talk) 18:55, 17 November 2021 (UTC)