The fifth edition of WikiArabia, organized by Wikimedia Algeria UG, saw notable participation from Wikimedia Morocco members, in several interesting panels and presentations. The interventions included “Reading Wikipedia in the classroom” by Soukaina Abelhad and Brahim Faraji, “Volunteering in the Wikimedia movement” by Anass Sedrati and Reda Benkhadra, and “How to motivate editors to contribute continuously” by Zahira Gormat as well as the group participation at the affiliates round table, represented by the president Reda Benkhadra.
Video presentation of "Volunteering in the Wikimedia movement" by Anass and Reda
Video presentation of "How to motivate editors" by Zahira
Video presentation of "Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom" by Brahim and Soukaina
For the third participation of the user group, and the second in the digital edition of the minority languages conference, Anass Sedrati and Reda Benkhadra, both user group members, shared a presentation entitled “How can editing contests support smaller Wikipedias?”. The presentation, inspired from work conducted in Morocco, aimed to introduce the audience to the importance of organizing contests in supporting smaller Wikipedias, even those still hosted in the incubator, to encourage more editors to participate in these versions.
A full recording of the session can be found on Youtube.
Wikimedia Morocco participated actively in organizing the first edition of the ContribuLing conference. This event, a collaboration between INALCO, Wikimedias (France & Morocco), BULAC and UCAM, aimed to offer members of linguistic resource platforms an opportunity to give presentations on their tools and workshops on their use that will enable would-be users to contribute. Anass Sedrati participated with the organization committee in different tasks, while Reda Benkhadra held a presentation about the Wikimedia Incubator.
Reda Benkhadra presenting the Wikimedia incubator during Contribuling 2021
Wikimedia Morocco was one of the first groups that joined the Wiki for Human Rights campaign organized by the Wikimedia Foundation and the OHCHR to raise awareness about the importance of documenting and advocating human rights.
Theme: The right to a healthy environment.
Contests in 4 languages: Arabic, French, Moroccan Arabic (Darija), Tachelhit.
Originally, and similar to previous years (2018-2019), WikiGap was intended to be held in-person at the Swedish Embassy in Rabat. However, and even before deciding on the event date, the news of different restrictions coming with the pandemic obliged the group to change the plans.
After a careful consideration, the setup was radically changed for this year, and instead of having a physical one-day edit-a-thon and presentation, the event was switched instead to an online edit-a-thon held for a full month (march 2020). Even Though this setup was new and challenging, many people did participate in the event, and 31 new articles were created in several languages, about different Moroccan women. More details and figures about the virtual 2020 WikiGap in Morocco, can be found at this link.
Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom - Pilot Projectedit
Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom is pilot project launched by the Education team at the Wikimedia Foundation, in collaboration with local user groups, to help teachers understand and leverage Wikipedia’s educational value. Through a localized set of tools and professional training opportunities, the project helps both educators and students to develop vital media and information literacy skills for the 21st century. Wikimedia Morocco was chosen as one of the three affiliates worldwide to collaborate in this project (alongside groups from Philippines and Bolivia).
Across all of Morocco, one hundred teachers received 36 hours of training led by two members of Wikimedia MA UG (Brahim Faraji and Soukaina Abelhad). The high level of participation in the pilot program is particularly notable given the unique and stressful demands teachers faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through 12 weeks of training, teachers participated in live webinars and asynchronous discussions as they explored how Wikipedia works, the importance of teaching information literacy across the curriculum, and how the Wikimedia community is working to close knowledge gaps. By the end of the training, teachers’ perception of the educational value of Wikipedia evolved, and they were able to incorporate it into their lesson plans.
Many user group members participated to support this project by answering the teachers questions about Wikipedia (either in Zoom training, or at the project Facebook group), in addition to the continuous support of the local coordinators. The material was highly appreciated by the teachers based on their answers on the post program survey (63% rated the course material as Excellent, 31% as good, and 6% average). Moreover, all of the participants in the Moroccan pilot project (100%) expressed the readiness to participate in any future training programs provided by the Wikimedia Foundation.
To continue the Strategic discussion started in 2019, Wikimedia Morocco User Group organized a second Strategy related event, where 9 people met in Rabat to discuss the 13 draft recommendations that were open for community conversation so that they could give their input about them.
Two members of Wikimedia Morocco User Group took part in WikiIndaba 2019 in Nigeria: Nassima Chahboun and Anass Sedrati. The latter delivered a full presentation about How to Strengthen Local African content, and participated in animating two panels: Local African Languages as well as Wikimedia 2030 Strategy.
The WikiArabia regional conference was held between 4-6 October in the ocher city of Marrakesh, and was organized by Wikimedia Morocco User Group. With a total of 79 participants, local and international from the four corners of the globe, it focused on the theme of Wikimedia and local communities, with a rich program having covered the subject from different perspectives.
Zakaria Oudrhiri represented the Moroccan and Arabic speaking community in the new rebranded edition of the Mediawiki related conference for Wikimedia developers. Zakaria facilitated two sessions: Applying the Architecture Principles and Standardizing frontend development tooling.
The User Group member and photographer Brahim Faraji participated in the Wikimedian French-speaking 2018 Conference as representative of the group. He attended several presentations and discussions related to Africa and to the movement as a whole.
Oslo Freedom Forum, (28 -30 May) - Oslo (Norway)edit
Anass Sedrati participated at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2018 edition after being invited by Wikimedia Norge, in order to ensure the representativity of the languages he speaks. During that event, the Wikimedian delegation engaged discussions with human rights activists from Africa and MENA in order to advocate Wikimedia and its use in human rights.
Wikimedian group at Oslo Freedom Forum 2018.
Picture of participants with the south Sudanese singer Emmanuel Jal.
Wikimedians advocatind role of free knowledge in human rights.
They took part of different sessions from both the strategy track and the capacity building track, in addition to the thematic sessions with Arabic community, Berber and Darija language community with Algerian Wikimedians, and Iberian community. This conference was the first place where the idea of organizing WikiArabia 2019 in Morocco was brought into table.
Abderrahman Ait Ali during Wikimedia Conference 2018.
Anass and Abderrahman with the Arabic speaking Wikimedians at a meetup.
Participants from the Maghreb region at Wikimedia Conference 2018.
Anass and Abderrahman, at the Wikimedia Conference 2018.
The WikiGap 2018 workshop was organised at the Swedish Embassy in Rabat. The workshop aimed to improve the Moroccan women's representation on Wikipedia, in order to reduce the existing gap in terms of encyclopedic content, compared to men.
During the day, the participants focused on creating articles about female personalities from politics and civil society.
Talk from Swedish Embassy representative.
Participants at WikiGap Rabat 2018 at the Swedish Embassy in Rabat.
The second participation of Wikimedia Morocco in Wiki Indaba saw the presence of two board members: Reda Benkhadra and Anass Sedrati. It was an occasion to strengthen the links earlier with our continental fellows, and to discuss common challenges and eventual collaborations. During this edition, Anass held a presentation regarding Refugee projects in Wikimedia.
In the Arab regional conference WikiArabia 2017, Omar2040 represented Wikimedia Morocco, and participated in the open panel about Arab user groups. He made also an intervention introducing the Wikipedia Zero program, and the challenges it faces.
Omar Ghrida intervening at WikiArabia 2017
Omar Ghrida and Katherine Maher at WikiArabia 2017
For its first continental participation, Wikimedia Morocco was represented in the WikiIndaba conference by its projects coordinator Anass Sedrati. Anass gave a presentation on The Situation of African Language Wikipedias together with the german expert Ingo Koll.
Anass Sedrati presenting at WikiIndaba 2017.
Presentation on Local African Languages Situation.
Wikipedia Training Workshop (26 November) - INPT - Rabat (Morocco)edit
This event was the first event of the User Group to introduce Wikimedia projects to the general public in Morocco. It started by a number of presentations, before then concluding with a workshop to teach those interested how to edit Wikipedia.
Pictures from the Workshop
Introductory Talk from INPT Director
Workshop Attendees and Audience
Anass Sedrati Presenting
Group Picture of INPT Workshp Participants
Delivered Presentations during the Workshop (in Moroccan Arabic)
Presentation of Wikipedia
Presentation of Wikimedia projects
Presentation of Moroccan Activies on Wikimedia Projects
Two Wikimedia Morocco Board members Anass Sedrati, and Reda Benkhadra participated in the first meeting of the francophone community, and delivered a presentation on the linguistic challenges of French-speaking countries on Wikipedia based on the example of Morocco.
Reda Benkhadra and Anass Sedrati holding the Moroccan flag at WikiConvention francophone 2016.
Reda Benkhadra presenting at WikiConvention francophone 2016.
Anass Sedrati at WikiConvention francophone 2016.
Presentation delivered by Anass and Reda during WikiConvention francophone 2016.
For the first participation of Wikimedia Morocco in Wikimania, the member Zakaria Oudrhiri gave a presentation about Wikipedia Zero project in Morocco, entitled In Morocco we do know that we have Wikipedia Zero to expose challenges that confront it.
Zakaria Oudrhiri presenting at Wikimania 2016.
Video of the full session, presented by Jack Rabah (WMF) and Zakaria Oudrhiri.
Zakaria Oudrhiri represented the Wikipedian community in the 11th International Conference on ICT for Developement, education & Taining eLearning Africa. Zakaria moderated a two hour workshop on learning to and understading the impact of quick edits to Wikipedia, where he presented initiatives in Africa, such as the Wikipedia Education Program (WEP) in Egypt.
Two members of the user group have participated in the producer prize organized on the Arabic version of Wikipedia, this semi-annual prize rewards contributors who have done important work on the encyclopedia during a specific period ; Omar Ghrida (Omar2040) and Mohamed Boualam (محمد بوعلام عصامي), this last won the third place (100 $ US).
Four Moroccans have participed in the first regional conference about Wikipedia in the Arabic World : Anass Sedrati (Anass Sedrati), Ismael Zniber (Ismael zniber), Mohammed Mokhtari (محمد مختاري) and Zakaria Oudrhiri (زكريا), this last made an intervention about Developing Arabic Wikipedia and Sister Projects.
Group picture of WikiArabia 2015, with 4 Moroccan participants.
Zakaria Oudrhiri presenting during WikiArabia 2015.
Ismael Zniber during WikiArabia 2015.
Mohammed Mokhtari (to left) and Anass Sedrati (second from right) during WikiArabia 2015.