WikiIndaba conference 2018/Submissions/Refugee projects

Submission no. 051
Title of the submission

Refugee Projects

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)

Lightening Talk

Author of the submission

Anass Sedrati

Language of presentation


E-mail address



Anass Sedrati

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia MA user Group

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Since 2015, a big number of refugees has arrived to Europe. Usually, the processing of their cases takes a very long time (up to 3-4 years). During that time, the refugees (mostly young and full of energy) are not having a legal status (no social security, residence card) and cannot therefore have full time activities such as working or studying. In this context, many of them have a lot of free time but do not know what to do with it. Some chapters in Europe have thought about integrating the refugees through participating in Wikimedia related projects. Since most of them did not speak the local language, they were learning to edit in their mother tongues. Given that, I was participating in helping (as I speak Arabic) together with other colleagues (speaking Persian/Dari).The idea with this presentation is to present the work that was done in Europe, and inspire the African community. In Africa, there are millions of refugees that can potentially be Wikimedians. With the right tools presented, I believe that this project can be inspirational and grow the community, and give even more diversity (given the diversity usually present in the groups of refugees).

What will attendees take away from this session?

The attendees will learn about the experiences that were conducted in Europe by me and my colleagues, and ideally will try to apply them in their home countries, by visiting refugees and introducing them to Wikimedia and how to edit in Wikipedia.

Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
10-15 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
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  1. Anthere (talk) 00:17, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
  2. Gereon K. (talk) 11:08, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
  3. Shahadusadik (talk) 19:38, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
  4. Alangi Derick (talk) 09:58, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

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