Grants:Simple/Applications/Wiki In Africa 2021

Application or grant stage: Application
Applicant or grantee: Wiki In Africa
Amount requested: US$134,557.50
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
Midpoint report due: June 2021 + 15 days
Final report due: January 2022 + 30 days

ApplicationEdit

BackgroundEdit

Wiki In Africa (http://www.wikiinafrica.org) is a South African registered NPO whose work across the continent encourages the contribution of African content to global educational platforms, such as Wikipedia.

The programmes Wiki In Africa creates are specifically aimed at skills transfer and community building to bridge the content and contribution gap that perpetuates the digital divide that plagues Africa, thus decolonising knowledge and the internet through the online celebration and contribution of the information, cultures and histories of Africa under free licenses.

Its objective is to empower and engage citizens of Africa and its diaspora to seize their own agency by providing access to, awareness of, and support for open knowledge, the open movement and Wikipedia-related projects, working in collaboration with like-minded organisations. Thousands of participants across our projects collect, develop and contribute educational and relevant content that relates to the theme of Africa.

Through strategic layering that answers to specific needs, Wiki In Africa has created programmes that bridge the gaping content and digital skills divides. It initiates fun engaging programmes to create multiple pathways for people of varied ages, genders, backgrounds, cultures and access to resources. The programmes have intentionally assisted in the development of the Wikipedia communities in 23 countries across Africa by drawing people together around common goals and focusing on consistent regional in-person and online events.

Though each individual initiative is designed to stand alone, they are integrated and specifically designed to accelerate and develop the skills of online communities across Africa. Working closely with, and supporting the efforts of, Wikimedia Usergroups and volunteer groups, they encourage a culture of contribution from and about Africa to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects.

Wiki In Africa was legally established in 2017, however, the principals of the organisation have been working collaboratively since 2014 with the Activate Africa drive for WikiAfrica, which saw the launch of Wiki Loves Africa and a WIR-model community project, Kumusha Takes Wiki. Wiki In Africa was established to ensure a legal structure in order for the work across Africa to continue.

Annual Plan 2021Edit

Over 2020, the WIA team has been focused on organisational assessment and strategic focuses. While it is completely invested in the programmes that it currently runs, the focus until now has been on the benefits of each programme to the Wikimedia movement.

Over 2020, in order to scale and make the programmes more effective, we have focused on considering the benefits to the participants. With this in mind, the 2021 annual plan is to hone its focus on providing further, packaged resources that ensures that the participants reap the benefits of being part of each project, thus increasing retention, and assisting communities to become sustainable. The work we do will not only benefit the existing communities we engage with but will also benefit the wider community through the development of materials to assist. All Wiki In Africa programmes are designed to help emerging Wikimedia communities become more skilled and autonomous. Hence all of our projects include elements meant to increase Wikimedia leaders or future leaders.

Focus across the programmes will be on:

Skills development:

  • Training-the-trainer/teacher programmes
  • Documentary Photography
  • Leadership and organisational skills development
  • Community development and networking
  • A WM Movement information series in the form of webinars or vodcasts
  • Consistent WM network and sharing
  • Collaboration and Network scaling
  • Increased collaboration with WM Usergroups and Thematic groups
  • Collaboration and partnership with external cultural, education and gender-equity organisations to increase impact and expand its network

Additional elements to assist with the main strategic focus’ of the programmes as described below are:

  • Consultation with advisory groups
  • Research and development of proposed education programmes
  • Develop external funding and in-kind partnerships to expand and scale projects appropriately
  • Support the WM development across Africa through regularly hosting monthly catchup meetings of the African community around curated subjects of topics chosen from within the community.
  • Consistent programme assessment and reassessment for fit and impact
  • Ongoing visibility, communication and advocacy campaigns.
  • Organisational stability by supporting and mentoring a remote intern to support the organisation through additional tasks that include networking, communications, programme management, etc.

WiA programmatic areas of focus for 2021Edit

Wiki In Africa programmes address the following key areas:

  • Youth and education: WikiChallenge African Schools and WikiAfrica Schools – Since 2017, the francophone and primary school-focused WikiChallenge African Schools has rolled out in 9 countries, involving over 100 schools that has resulted in 139 articles and 600+ photos being submitted to http://vikidia.org and Wikimedia Commons, 17 schools received prizes. 2020’s edition has been merged into the 2021 edition due to COVID-19. We intend to expand it to Benin in partnership with Wikimedia Benin.
  • Gender gap: Wiki Loves Women – rolled out across 8 African countries in partnership with 76 civil society organisations since inception; Wiki Loves Women in 2021 will engage with 4-5 new usergroups and one continental network to pilot the new train-the-trainer and leadership programmes.
  • Diversity and Content – Contemporary society and cultural heritage – the Wiki Loves Africa photographic competition has had 6 editions with nearly 64,000 images contributed to Wikimedia Commons by 8120 photographers from across the continent. 82% of all contributors are new to Wikipedia, and the images have a life beyond the competition with Wiki Loves Africa’s images being viewed 81 million times on Wikipedia articles in May 2020 alone. Wiki Loves Africa in 2021 will continue with a focus on photographic skills and community leadership development.
  • Technological solutions: WikiFundi (with offline resources) and the award-winning ISA tool. Through 2021, WikiFundi will be translated into other language/s, and usage will increase beyond Africa. ISA tool will continue to bring structured data to Wikimedia Commons images through strategic online drives. Wikimedia SV has declared interest in further adding to the ISA Tool and has applied for funding from Swedish Innovation Agency as part of a GLAM improvement project.
  • Volunteer development and community support through all of the projects listed above and beyond; and knowledge transfer through consistent meetings, networking, programme support, and information opportunities.

Volunteer development and support in 2021: Africa Hour revival
Wiki In Africa proposes to resurrect the previous Africa Hour in order to reconnect, network, and drive sharing and collaborations across the continent.

  • What it is: a monthly online meeting of the African community, with 2-3 short presentations/updates from its members + news + discussions
  • How it will be run: organized by a few community members, facilitated by with the support of the WIA intern.

Previously, Africa Hour ran successfully for a few months, then stopped. It was revived after a discussion at WikiIndaba Tunisia where the majority of the community there thought it was useful, then it died again, due to lack of leadership and dedicated time. We believe:

  • it is still needed and still welcome in particular with those specific times (pandemic),
  • to be run consistently, it needs someone tasked with organizing it every month,
  • Wiki In Africa already has the tech platform (zoom), which works better than hangout previously used,

In 2021, it is intended that the Wiki In Africa intern takes ownership of this project, by coordinating and organising meetings, establishing topics and speakers, etc. with minimal support from the WIA principals. The intern will organize the tech set-up, promote the hour, seek for 1-3 speakers every month, and report on the meeting every month.

Budget PlanEdit

Staffing PlanEdit

Strategic planEdit

The comprehensive, long-term Strategic Plan of Wiki In Africa can be accessed in detail on this page

ProgramsEdit

Gender-Equity: Wiki Loves Women 2021

Wiki Loves Women activates, trains, and encourages women across Africa to seize their own agency in addressing the persistent systemic bias that exists about African women online and in the media.

As a project, Wiki Loves Women answers the following strategic priorities for Wiki In Africa:

  • Increasing visibility
  • Addressing knowledge gaps and biases
  • Active focus on diversity, inclusion and empowerment
  • Developing emerging communities through capacity and skills transfer
  • Leveraging the mutual benefit of partnerships

Last years application: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Applications/WikiInAfrica_2020#Wiki_Loves_Women_(WLW)

Quick overview of past (skip if known)

Wiki Loves Women uses layered initiatives to bridge the digital gender divide by focusing specifically on participation and content creation. It encourages the contribution of meaningful content to the Wikimedia projects as a platform to transfer skills, build confidence and self-worth within a supportive community, and show the direct impact they make. Wiki Loves Women has been operating for five years across Africa, working with 76 gender-focused, cultural and community organisations in 8 countries: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, with two event programmes in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Wiki Loves Women was launched in 2016. In the first phase, Wikimedian volunteers and new Wikimedia communities were activated in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria through the venue and organisational partnership with the Goethe-Institut. The activities included organiser training, partnership identification and training, face-to-face content events, etc. There was also a global launch, and several contributions drives to increase awareness. All content and activity were tracked.

In the second phase, the team partnered with Wikimedia usergroups in Tanzania and Uganda. Due to the project budget being reduced there was no formalised organisational training, in the beginning, however, there was mentorship and guidance. As before, there was global drives, social media campaigns and awareness, and tracking by the teams on the dashboard.

Read more information on the need Wiki Loves Women answers and more detail on previous activities. During 2020, the team organised two global drives (the Tell Us About Her drive in March and #SheSaid in November). We supported the WikiGap Nigeria Online Challenge spearheaded by Wikimedia Nigeria UserGroup, invited, instated, and consulted with the Wiki Loves Women Advisory Committee, assessed on the past, consulted the former participants and reflected on the right way to scale the project beyond its current geographic limitations into the future.

On Strategy
Wiki Loves Women contributes towards the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equity: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

With in the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Wiki Loves Women project works towards resolving the following recommendations:

See Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/List of Initiatives for reference

What is expected for 2021

In the past, training for WIki Loves Women leads has been provided as and when needed, either during in-person intensive week-long meetings (first iteration) or remote catchup or training sessions. Although presentations were developed and a myriad of subjects covered, the process of information and knowledge transfer was not formalised. This became a problem when working with the 2nd group of countries as there was not the financial support to have an intensive in-person training week that had been possible with the initial cohorts.

In 2021 we intend to formalise the initiation and on-going training process. This will ensure a more effective and efficient information transfer, and has the potential for more groups, beyond those expected to participate in Wiki Loves Women 2021, to use the materials to develop Wiki Loves Women and other gender-gap initiatives around the world. The training will be done remotely, and materials provided online for extension and home-based activities. If certificates issued, training programmes can also be used as a CV point for participants.

The focus of the training and information transfer is multi-layered, and will focus on:

  • Initiation programme: a train the trainer – skills transfer and local programme building for the rest of the year.
  • Leadership training and organisers capacity building, especially women
  • Webinars – building knowledge of WM movement initiatives and tools over the year
  • Podcasts – interviewing and celebrating local notable women and WM organisers (leadership validation)

The training programme will be hosted (on Wikimedia France's mooc platform) and supported. Communications will be ongoing and programmatic support will be provided in mentorship. We have already invited 5 of the newer volunteer communities to see if they are interested in being involved in this programme.

To ensure activities are sustained on the ground, the project will encourage the Usergroups to apply for Rapid Grants through the WMF grant structure. This is not only building vital skills, it introduces the groups into developing long term thinking and sustainable practice around the project from the on-set. For those countries that have challenging political spaces, we seek to support them from WIA in South Africa, via this programme funding.

WLW focus during 2021

We want to:

  • Create sustainable reusable training materials and inspire actions to ensure that digital skills and leadership are harnessed and transferred to stimulate gender-gap activities in Africa and beyond.
  • Organise and host train-the-trainer sessions and leadership skills activities to provide efficient and effective transfer of knowledge and skills, and stimulate gender-gap related activities in Africa.
  • Consistently transfer knowledge in a multi-layered process through training, webinars and podcasts to develop a deeper understanding of potentials available to organizers and participants.
  • Further integrate participation within the Wikimedia ecosystem, learn from other initiatives, and feed it back to the collective through various communication channels (e.g. Gender Gap portal on meta).
  • Explore ways in which to improve and develop, in partnership with tech and dev actors, the on-wiki assessment tools to consistently assess the gaps and make the tools more relevant and effective (e.g. Humaniki).
  • Identify new global, regional and local partners and supporters.
  • Increase sustainable gender-sensitive participation in Wikimedia projects from Africa (especially supporting female leaders, organisers and contributors).
  • Support the emergence of new active groups in Africa through multi-layered sustained activity that assists with their integration into the Wikimedia ecosystem.

SMART objectives

  • A minimum of 3 African WM volunteer teams and/or content networks agrees to run a WLW program with Wiki in Africa in 2021-2.
  • One train-the-trainer programme is successfully developed and hosted by the WLW team, using the Wikimedia France Mooc new platform (https://formations.wikimedia.fr) during the course of 2021.
  • A minimum of 4 gender-gap related webinars and podcasts are developed, presented and published to consistently transfer knowledge and inspire further action.
  • Two online drives are run during 2021 to accelerate global visibility and participation in the programme, and consistent content contribution.
  • A minimum of 3 participating teams successfully receive financial support to organize a gender related program in their country from the WMF Rapid Grant programme; the applications submitted with the mentorship of Wiki in Africa.
  • Feedback is collected and collated from the participating teams about the program, and includes constructive improvements to further develop and enhance the programme for 2022.

Diversity + GLAM : Wiki Loves Africa 2021

Wiki Loves Africa (WLAf) is an annual photo contest that takes place annually and is run across the African continent. Wiki Loves Africa encourages the ‘crowd’ contribution of local knowledge of heritage and communal cultures by entering media (photographs, video and audio) about their environment onto Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikimedia projects.

As a project, Wiki Loves Africa answers the following strategic priorities for Wiki In Africa:

  • Increasing visibility
  • Lowering barriers to contribution
  • Addressing knowledge gaps and biases
  • Active focus on diversity, inclusion and empowerment
  • Developing emerging communities through capacity and skills transfer

Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media that illustrates a specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes. Themes are chosen from topics that are universal, visually rich and culturally specific, for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc.. In 2014 the theme was Cuisine. In 2015 the theme was Cultural Fashion and Adornment. The theme for 2016 was Dance and Music. 2017 was People at Work, 2019 was Play and 2020 Transport! The theme for 2021 has not been decided, yet.

Programme Objectives for Africa-wide participation are to:

  • Change the visual narrative of Africa that exists on global knowledge sources and creative repositories, such as Wikipedia and its sister projects
  • Counter-balance the representation of universal topics with images that depict African examples
  • Provide easy access for creatives from across Africa to a globally significant platform in order to share their passion for and pride in their cultural heritage and the contemporary practices
  • Provide training for creatives to expand and challenge their professional oeuvre using the open movement as a training ground
  • Reward people for contributing the right kind of material to Wikimedia projects.
  • Engender pride in local heritages, traditions, cultures and communities across Africa.

Programme Objectives in support of the Wikimedia Movement are to:

  • Draw attention to, and increase the illustration of, subjects that relate to Africa on the Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia in many languages.
  • Introduce the benefits of, and ability to, contribute to Wikimedia Commons to new communities.
  • Support new volunteer communities as they work together around an important local project.
  • Build capacity for leadership and organiser activity within the programme

Read more information on 6-years of impact by Wiki Loves Africa and more detail on previous activities throughout the programme. A full review of Wiki Loves Africa 2020 is available here.

On Strategy
Wiki Loves Africa contributes towards the UN’s SDG 10 Reducing Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries. The SDG focus also depending on each year’s theme, for example in 2020, the Transport theme answered SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.

Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Wiki Loves Africa project works towards resolving the following recommendations:

See Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/List of Initiatives for reference

With regards to organising the contest, from the beginning of the contest, there has been a concerted effort, from the beginning to Ensure Equity in Decision-making as well as consistent effort with regards to Managing Internal Knowledge to ensure that the process is transparent and that all participating communities are fully supported in their actions.

What is different for 2021

As with all programmes during 2020, strategic thought has been strenuously undertaken into who should (and how they could) benefit from our programmes.

The two types of WLA participants we can mostly support are the Wikimedia organisers and the photographers. Over 2021 we are interested in providing additional effort into developing materials, hosting online training sessions, and promoting partnership opportunities. Specifics include:

  • a photographic training programme to transfer – core documentary photography skills, licences and attribution, open movement ethos, etc., in partnership with Ynternet.org on the “Les Jardins” project between Switzerland and Cameroon. This project is partially funded by Movetia.
  • Wikimedia Leadership and Organisers training – how to run local contests, jury tools, social media leverage, etc.
  • Webinar series to increase knowledge and skills transfer – e.g. ISA campaigns, GLAM partnerships, etc.
  • Sustained WLA programme throughout the year: ISA drive, etc.
  • Develop stronger alliances with collaborating photographic and GLAM organisations, and
  • Aligned participation and support to sister-drives such as WPWP.

Why WLA training for photographers
Lack of visual representation of Africa by African photographers is not just an issue that affects Wikipedia and its sister projects; it is a problem across global media 1 2. Although there are socio-political issues at play, much of this could be protected against if there were African-driven solutions that provide training and exposure. Photographers need opportunities to extend and expand their craft, and platforms for people to see their approach. Wiki Loves Africa can provide these two elements, whilst introducing them to alternative practices and opportunities within the Open Movement.

New materials would be created to train new African photographers through the open movement, and in partnership with existing photography programmes, schools and groups. This would involve developing skills, giving them exposure, ensuring a certain standard of work and knowledge of the open movement. The training would assist in moving them from amateur to professional, the Wikiworld would become their training ground.

Nos Jardins
status: co-funded. officially launched September 2020
This project is brand new. It aims at providing photographer training between January 2021 and June 2021. This free masterclass will cover various topics such as Libre Culture, Wikimedia Commons (use of, upload of images, description), Wikipedia (integration of images), free licenses, and photographic advanced skills. It is targeted to professional or advanced amateurs. The trainees will be requested to actively participate in Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Earth contests. The trainers will be Anthere, Georges, staff members of Ynternet.org, and professional photographers. The masterclass will be done in part by webinars and in part by offline events. The masterclass will take place both in Cameroon and Switzerland, simultaneously. At the end of the masterclass, a peer-review process will select the best works produced by photographers (and submitted to WLX) and two photo exhibitions of the best of will be organized (in Cameroon and Switzerland). Outcomes of the masterclass will be published under a free licence (eg, records of webinars, presentations, assignments templates etc.). The whole initiative seeks to increase the skill set of photographers, promote and provide a better understanding of Commons and the free movement, and increase the quality of images submitted to WLX contests. Website : https://www.nosjardins.org; Project page on Wikimedia Commons : c:Commons:Nos Jardins.
Nos Jardins is a co-hosted initiative by Ynternet.org (a swiss non-profit, former fiscal sponsor of two Wiki Loves Africa contests) and Wiki in Africa. The initiative is partially funded by Movetia. Training programs will be created by user:Anthere and Nos Jardins will be locally run in Cameroon by Georges Fodouop.

WLA focus during 2021

We want to:

  • Provide the international information, marketing, communications, training, and on-wiki backend support, materials and mentorship to ensure the Wiki Loves Africa 2021 competition goes ahead as planned.
  • Provide clear information and pathways for seamless contribution by participants in a variety of major languages (community support dependent).
  • Develop information and training materials specific to encouraging Librarians to host WLA across Africa in collaboration with AfLIA.
  • Create sustainable, reusable and adaptable training materials and host a training programme aimed at photographer development (documentary skills, using open licences, correct attribution, intro to open movement, professionalisation, etc.).
  • Organise online opportunities (webinars, meetings, training sessions, etc.) for leadership skills transfer and capacity development within the WM movement, which in addition will ensure further understanding of, and integration by, the teams within the larger ecosystem.
  • Continue partnering in research and investigation using WLA as an example to improve and develop the on-wiki assessment tools to consistently assess the gaps and make the tools more relevant and effective (e.g. Knowledge Gaps research, WMF Campaigns team, etc.).
  • Run a transparent international Jury process.
  • Identify potential new global, regional and local partners, funders and supporters.
  • Ensure additional support and mentorship for all participating teams.
  • Increase and support the sustainable contribution to Wikimedia projects from Africa (especially supporting female leaders, organisers, and contributors).
  • Support the emergence of new active groups in Africa through multi-layered sustained activity that assists with their integration into the Wikimedia ecosystem.
  • Train photographers for better skills and increased understanding of Wikimedia and free culture. Target: pro and advanced amateurs in Switzerland and Cameroon. Partially funded by Movetia

SMART objectives

Wiki Loves Africa contest

  • The contest takes place in the first quarter of 2021 (theme to be decided).
  • A minimum of 15 African Wikimedia volunteer groups participate through local focused WLA activities.
  • At least 10k images are submitted to the 2021 competition.
  • Reuse on Wikimedia projects of at least 10% after a year (12 months after contest).
  • A masterclass results in the training of at least 10 photographers in Cameroon.
  • The international jury team has at least 5 international members and conducts a transparent process towards the final selection, and publishing of a jury report.
  • A minimum of 5 photography, organiser or wikimedia-related webinars are developed, presented and published to consistently transfer knowledge.
  • At least 2 post-competition events, on-line drives, or activities to extend the theme to improve reuse and add information to contributed images are run during 2021.
  • A survey is conducted amongst local team organizers, showing high levels of satisfaction with the contest. Constructive improvements to further develop and enhance the programme for 2022.
  • Documentation of best practices is completed and a final report published for the general public.

Nos Jardins:

  • At least 10 trainees in each country attend all sessions
  • all sessions planned take place (3 online, 8 face to face)
  • trainees participate to Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Earth
  • photo exhibitions take place in 2nd half of 2021
  • the final survey shows general satisfaction

Offline and Technology support: Wiki Fundi & ISA Tool 2021

The tech projects have been developed by Wiki In Africa in order to better support community engagement and to ensure that some of the outcomes of each project are easier to achieve. For the moment, our focus is on WikiFundi (with offline resources) and the award-winning ISA tool. This does not mean that other tech solutions might be considered and developed within the next year.

As key technology and accessibility projects, Wiki Fundi and ISA both answer to the following strategic priorities for Wiki In Africa:

  • Increasing visibility
  • Lowering barriers to contribution
  • Active focus on diversity, inclusion, and empowerment
  • Developing emerging communities through capacity and skills transfer
  • Addressing knowledge gaps and biases
  • Leveraging the mutual benefit of partnerships

In the case of WikiFundi, it was developed to facilitate outreach and education goals in places where access and data can be challenging. With regards to ISA this was developed to ensure that the images contributed each year to Wiki Loves Africa (and, in turn, other photographic contests, and GLAM collections) achieve their best potential placement on the Wikimedia projects through better labeling and descriptions.

Through 2021, WikiFundi will be translated into another language/s, and usage will increase beyond Africa. The ISA tool will continue to bring structured data to Wikimedia Commons images through strategic online drives. Wikimedia SV has declared interest in further adding to the ISA Tool and has applied for funding from the Swedish Innovation Agency as part of a GLAM improvement project.

On Strategy
WikiFundi contributes towards combining UN’s SDGs 4 and 10 Quality Education and Reducing Inequalities by providing an offline educational platform that facilitates training and digital skills lessons continues when data access is limited or not possible.

Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, our projects works towards resolving the following recommendations:

See Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/List of Initiatives for reference

What is different for 2021

WikiFundi Last year, we mentioned exploring two directions: 1) set up an export system and 2) make the platform available in other languages

We have planned for 2021 an extension of the existing WikiFundi software, through a program that includes 4 main elements

  1. the translation of the platform into Spanish with the tech implementation (done by Kiwix),
  2. the creation or update of resources provided on the platform,
  3. the creation of a leaflet to describe the extent of the offline possibilities offered by our movement as well as guidelines to implementation, to come in support of the activities of the offline Wikimedia usergroup. This leaflet would particularly target professional librairies or documentation center (Aflia has expressed interest for such supporting documentation)
  4. several edit-a-thons organized with WikiFundi and raspberry Pi in poorly connected Spanish speaking areas, supported by two Wikimedia Usergroups : Noircir Wikipedia and AfroCrowd.

The project has been fully articulated in French and submitted for co-funding by Wikimedia CH (Wikimedia CH has expressed its wish to support, but final decision pending in December 2020, quality of WMCH fundraising dependant).

ISA No significant difference from last year: continued drives to support Wiki Loves Africa and other Commons’ based collections. Although as mentioned above, Wikimedia SV is potentially interested in scaling the ISA Tool and has applied for funding from the Swedish Innovation Agency as part of a GLAM improvement project.

Goals for 2021

  • Provide WikiFundi available in Spanish,
  • Promote this offline tool, foster new partnerships, install ambassadors for increased use and impact,
  • Promote offline activities generally, as well as the Offline Wikimedians Usergroup in the Wikimedia movement and beyond, and
  • Promote the ISA tool for use to improve many media files on Commons.

List of activities

  • Coordination with translator/s, and development team, test and debug.
  • Research, collate, interview, curate, translate, etc. appropriate additional resources for users to be placed on WikiFundi.
  • Coordination with other teams to get pilot used locally, usage documented, and collate user experience feedback.
  • Organise various small ISA-based contests to improve structured data descriptions of former Wiki Loves Africa contests.
  • Support and collaborate with Wikimedia SV in any improvements or extensions of ISA should their funding plans be successful.

SMART objectives

  • WikiFundi available in Spanish.
  • A leaflet about offline activities in the Wikimedia movement is published.
  • At least 50,000 edits done through ISA in 2021.

Education: WikiChallenge African Schools + Open Knowledge Curriculum 2021

Wiki In Africa’s education focus is based on a long-game strategy. Many of the volunteers coming into the movement must first un-learn and re-assess how copyright and knowledge platforms collate information and work before they can effectively contribute to the Wikimedia projects. The education programmes that we build and run in various communities and iterations are in order to provide an alternative view to how knowledge is created and shared, through absorbing open movement practices, and vital digital, research and writing skills in practical applications.

Wiki In Africa’s education programmes assists schools and teachers as they teach students how to write curriculum-relevant articles for Wikipedia. Thus students learn how to do research, analyze outcomes, collaborate, write real reports for a global audience and develop the technical and editorial skills to add content on local subjects to Wikipedia. In some cases, the programmes use WikiFundi, the offline editing environment that mimics the experience of editing Wikipedia, to navigate context-specific challenges. In other cases, this offline solution is not needed.

On Strategy
WikiFundi contributes towards combining UN’s SDGs 4 Quality Education by providing educational solutions that foster better digital skills transfer, a greater understanding of the open movement, and knowledge creation and dissemination through fun practical applications.

Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Educations project works towards resolving the following recommendations:

See Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/List of Initiatives for reference

What is different for 2021

There are three Wiki in Africa Education initiatives we will be running in 2021
WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique
status: advanced - 4th year.
No significant modification from previous years in the way it is run. Fully supported by Orange Foundation

WikiChallenge Bénin
status: just born.
It was presented last year in our APG as a future spin-off of WikChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique, but instead of being run in partnership with Orange Foundation within a limited network (schools registered in Orange Foundation Digital School Network), with kids 9-12 years old, this initiative is meant to be run in partnership with Wikimedians of Benin, with a selected number of schools, with kids 9-17 years old. The partnership has been finalized and Wikimedia CH agreed to give us a small funding for this initiative. It was just in birth stage when Covid-19 hit and we had to delay the project till schools are safely opened again. Projection is that this initiative will successfully relaunch in 2021.

Open Knowledge Curriculum
status: nascent - research and development
Partner with a research institute through the supply of a research fellowship to conduct a feasibility study into the need and efficacy of OKC. Work with curriculum specialists to build curriculum after research findings.

Goals

  • Run the WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique contest in the school year 2020-2021,
  • Launch the WikiChallenge Benin spin-off and collect lessons for the following year,
  • Conduct a feasibility study for OKC through a South African university.

List of activities

  • Run the WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique. Targets : kids 9-13 in 8 francophone african countries. Fully funded by Orange Foundation
  • Run the pilot of WikiChallenge Bénin. Target: students 9-17 in Benin. Partially funded by Wikimedia CH
  • Open Knowledge Curriculum partner with a research institute to create feasibility study, work with curriculum specialists to build curriculum after research findings.

SMART objectives

WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique (for information, not included in metrics)

  • at least 8 countries participating
  • at least 40 schools participating
  • at least 100 articles produced and published on Vikidia
  • winners selected, announced, celebrated and gifted

WikiChallenge Benin

  • at least 4 schools participating
  • at least 20 articles produced and published on Vikidia or Wikipedia
  • the process is documented, results recorded and post-mortem established
  • the participants satisfied and willing to do it again

Open Knowledge Curriculum

  • one feasibility study is delivered by researchers
  • application of feasibility study to project plan and curriculum.

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Spending update MidtermEdit

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Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics Reporting MidtermEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Final reportEdit

Program storyEdit

Optional. Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Learning storyEdit

Optional. Please link to one learning story that shows how your organization documents lessons learned and adapts its programs accordingly.

Programs ImpactEdit

PROGRAM TITLE

Spending update FinalEdit

Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics Reporting FinalEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.