The Wikipedia initiative in the “ses“ Songhay (Songhai) language is a longstanding project to mobilize high school, college students as well as teachers and community mentors in producing texts, maps, pictures, moving images documenting, in the first place, a linguistic and cultural region in which Songhay is spoken and taught, as language of instruction in primary education and subject in secondary school and higher education. The preparatory phase saw the parallel effort to localize translatewiki and enroll contributors and potential recruiters, at different schooling levels as well as within the community, in the home region and across its sizable diaspora. At this stage, there is a number of persons who declared their interest in writing articles or finding other volunteers to do so. From their questions and suggestions, as well as guidelines in Wikimedia documents, a user-friendly guide is being developed and will be soon available in Songhay, French, English and Arabic. The contributors will have online support through the platform www.songhay.org, which combines basic Songhay-French / French-Songhay dictionaries, information, help and download links for localized interfaces available in Songhay, namely Firefox, instructions to tools like an Android keyboard and an online input tool for a Songhay-wide character set, a library of full-length publications in the "ses" varieties and other Songhay idioms, and a small-size, evolving encyclopedia of traditional and local knowledge.
In this regard, the Wikipedia project is the culmination of successive initiatives in localization, database building and content production designed to provide the target language with the necessary tools to survive and even thrive in the multilingual cyberspace. These span the last fifteen years. Thus it emphasizes the mobilization of ordinary people within the language community to produce efficient tools and relevant content, through collaboration with other communities, especially active and creative teams with a track record in generating strong human-language infrastructure for other small or less-resourced languages. An active Wikipedia site will be a stimulating meeting point for young and adult volunteers who have now broader access to mobile internet and smart devices even in remote areas than at the initial conception of the project five years or so ago. They will engage in creating and sustaining a strong knowledge base that could also become an invaluable resource for underresourced schools and literacy centers in the vast region in which the language is spoken and actively used in formal schooling, literacy and vocational training. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Amire80 (talk), posting on behalf of Gazuma (talk) for technical reasons, 21:36, 26 January 2019 (UTC)