Wiki In Africa/Education

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WikiChallenge African SchoolsEdit

Status: active

The WikiChallenge African Schools encourages schools across Africa to compete by writing Vikidia articles about their city, town, village, suburb, a local landmark or a notable local person using the WikiFundi platform. The competition is a fun introduction to writing Vikidia articles and add information about Africa to the global online encyclopedia. WikiChallenge African Schools operate from September to December 2017 via the Digital Schools programme of the Orange Foundation and was implemented in Guinée, Tunisia, Madagascar, and Mali. The project was funded in 2016 by Foundation Orange and supported by Wikimedia CH. A second iteration was held in 2019.
The project relaunched in 2020 but has been extended to 2021 due to Covid-19.


  • in 2018, 4 countries involved, 33 schools, 40 articles written, 6 winning schools
  • in 2019, 7 countries involved, 65 schools, 99 articles written, 600+ photos submitted, 11 winning schools
  • in 2020-21, 9 countries involved, 100 schools, 138 articles written, 800+ photos submitted, to be announced winning schools

Countries involved

  • Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Madagascar, Niger, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, RdC, Burkina Faso, Sénégal



French-language introduction to Copyright teaching resourcesEdit

Status: active

Wiki in Africa has just published a French Wikibook Ressources pédagogiques relatives au droit d'auteur. We created teaching materials and assignment models to support teachers in the introduction to authors' rights, Creative Commons licences, and licensing attribution. The target audience is aimed at students (10-15-years-old) in French-speaking Africa.

The project was selected as one of the 6 projects supported by the Creative Commons Open Education Platform Activities Fund [1].

The Wikibook offers a curated set of resources to support teachers in their lessons on and introductions to the concepts of intellectual and artistic works, copyright, Creative Commons licenses, and the best attribution practices to use when reusing works produced by others. The resources and lesson plans are presented in the form of 3 modules, of increasing difficulty. The first module is intended for 9-13-year old children, while the subsequent modules are intended for classes of 11-to-14-year-old children.

The training materials include:

  • information resources on copyright for teachers,
  • materials to use in class with the students, and
  • suggestions and instructions for activities to be carried out with the young people.

All resources can be accessed via the Wikibook at this link: We are encouraging local communities to use the resources and translate them into local languages as needed.


WikiAfrica SchoolsEdit

Status: on hold

Wiki Africa Schools in English, subtitled in French

A 6-month pilot (May to October 2017) to collaboratively develop an intervention that trains and supports willing schools and institutions to incorporate a WikiAfrica Schools programme into their work within the curriculum. Each school built the model they will use to incorporate contributing to Wikipedia as a tool to develop and strengthen their curriculum-aligned teaching by using the WikiFundi offline editing environment. The pilot project was supported by lettera27 (later Moleskin Foundation) in collaboration with African School of Excellence and the Global Teachers’ Institute in South Africa.


  • 2020-21: Research and development on : Open Knowledge Curriculum
  • January 2018: Pilot phase for Moleskine Foundation funded programme in South Africa closes.
  • March 2018: Pilot phase report submitted to funders. Second phase application submitted to Moleskine Foundation for review.
  • April 2018: WikiAfrica Schools Collaboratory closes and report submitted after successful consultation with education stakeholders in South Africa.

Other projects we are or were involved inEdit

Wikipedia Primary School at SUPSI (University)Edit

Status: Closed

Wikipedia Primary School was a research project. Its focus was to study how to provide on Wikipedia the information necessary to complete the cycle of primary education in the languages used by the different education systems is a project allowing students, families and teachers to find on Wikipedia the documentation necessary to obtain the primary school qualification in their country, in their language.