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Train the Trainer Program
Train the Trainer (TTT) is a residential training workshop to groom leadership skills among the Indian Wikimedia community members.
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Train the Trainer 2023
Train the Trainer 2023

A2K is organizing an event called Train-the-Trainer (TTT), which has been held seven times from 2013 to 2020. This event is a way for us to build upon our previous achievements. The program will place a strong emphasis on experiential learning, encouraging participants to learn through practical experiences and hands-on activities. Moreover, the workshop will focus on identifying and addressing biases that might hinder the growth of inclusive and diverse communities.

The Wikimedians of Kerala user group is a co-host community for TTT 2023.


Train the Trainer 2023 Kochi Group Photo
Train the Trainer 2023 Kochi Group Photo
  • Building Connections: Building connections resulting in a network of peers has been a consistant trait of TTT iterations which resulted further synargies and sustainable leadership. In TTT 2023, we are committed to include building meaningful and impactful connections into our program design.
  • Resulting in Active Participation: Another crucial objective we pursue is to empower and inspire participants to actively engage in building on the current momentum, embracing new challenges, and spearheading necessary projects and initiatives, among various other contributions that a leader can make to the movement.
  • Contributing to Communiy Health: Improving awareness about Community health to leaders of the movement is a crucial step in inclusive growth of the movement. TTT 2023 aims to take a humble step in this crucial effort.
  • Emphesis on sustainability

Event details

  • Dates: 29, 30 September & 1 October 2023 (Introductory session happens between 7.30 pm to 8.30 on 28 September i.e. Day 0)
  • Place: Kochi, Kerala
  • Venue: Kochi Marriott Hotel, Kochi
  • How to reach: Travel Guide

Code of Conduct


Please read and follow the Code of Conduct (COC) during the event. The link is here.

Event agenda

SNo Program Time Speaker/ Trainers
Day 0 - September 28
1 Welcoming the participants & Introducing Wiki Buddies 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Day 1 - September 29
- Introduction to TTT 2023 9.00 am - 9.20 am Tanveer Hasan
- UCoC and Safe space policy 9.20 am - 9.30 am Nitesh
1 Introduction to eConnect 9.30 am - 10 am Pavan
2 eConnect with Wikimedians 10.00 am - 10.45 am Pavan (mc)

Five selected Wikimedians (Speakers) namely आर्या जोशी,
Fredericknoronha and Rohini

Tea break 10.45 am -11.05 am
3 Wikimedians Motivations and Challenges to Contribute 11.05 - 12.30 pm Nitesh Gill
- Lunch Break 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
4 Different ways of Outreach: Issues and Best practices 1.40 pm - 3 pm Nivas and Jinoy
5 The Wikipedia Library: History, Present and
Future of the Project
3 pm - 3.30 pm Vipin
6 How to Track the Impact of Programs and Events 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm Nivas and Jinoy
- Tea break 4.30 pm - 4.45 pm
7 Wikisource Story: Hands on session around
Relicensing and Digitization of Books
4.45 pm - 6.30 pm Subodh Kulkarni and
Prajwal Manoj Shinde
Day 2 - September 30
- Group photo 9:15 - 9.45 am
1 eConnect with affiliates & organisations 10 am - 10.45 am Pavan (mc)

Five selected Affliates &
Organisations (Speakers) namely Art+Feminism User Group,
Indic MediaWiki Developers User Group, Wiki Education Foundation,
Wikimédia France, and Wikimedia Indonesia

2 Wiki Loves muziris and other User Group Activities 10.45 - 11.30 am Wikimedians of Kerala User Group
- Tea break 11.30 - 11.45 am
3 Community Resources and Various Funding Opportunities for
Wikimedians to Make More Impact
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Veronica Thamaini
4 Wikisource Story: Hands on session around
Relicensing and Digitization of Books (2)
12.30 pm - 1.15 pm Subodh Kulkarni and
Prajwal Manoj Shinde
5 Communicating Impact 1.15 pm - 2 pm Rachit Sharma
- Lunch break 2 pm - 2.30 pm
6 Field trip to Fort Kochi 3 pm - 7.30 pm Subodh Kulkarni and Jinoy
Day 3 - October 1
1 WikiConference India 2023: What made it happen! 9.30 am - 10.15 am Nitesh Gill and Nivas
2 How do we make Editing more Inclusive and Accessible: Panel Discussion 10.15 - 11.00 pm Moderated by Padmini Ray Murrey,
Panelists include Priyanka Choudhari, कल्पनाशक्ती
511KeV, Sridhar G
- Tea Break 11.00 - 11.15
3 Outreach and Inclusion: A Story of curating a Delhi resettlement colony with open knowledge platforms 11.15 am - 12.00 pm Padmini Ray Murrey
- Lunch 12.15 pm - 1.45 pm
4 Review and Planning 1.45 pm - 3.30 pm Tanveer Hasan
5 Building Connections and Empowering Communities 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm Pavan Santhosh



List of Scholarship recipients


A2K made the decision on scholarship reciepients with the support from a volunteer jury based on criterion. List of Scholarship recipients details is as follows:

Sr. Username Community Participation
1 Amrit Sufi Angika Attended
2 Rumi Borah~aswiki Assamese Attended
3 Chiring chandan Assamese Attended
4 Nettime Sujata Bangla Attended
5 TheAafi DCW (English) Attended
6 Gazal world Gujarati Attended
7 Snehrashmi Gujarati Attended
8 अमृता कुमारी पाण्डेय Hindi Attended
9 रोहित साव27 Hindi Attended
10 Santhosh Notagar99 Kannada Attended
11 Kavitha G. Kana Kannada Attended
12 511KeV Kashmiri Attended
13 Vis M Malayalam Attended
14 Meenakshi nandhini Malayalam Attended
15 ranjithsiji Malayalam Attended
16 कल्पनाशक्ती Marathi Attended
17 Priyanka Choudhari Marathi Attended
18 Tamanpreet Kaur Punjabi Attended
19 kuldeepburjbhalaike Punjabi Attended
20 ᱥᱟᱹᱜᱩᱱ ᱗ Santali Attended
21 Durga Soren Santali Attended
22 Sridhar G Tamil Attended
23 Arularasan. G Tamil Attended
24 Batthini Vinay Kumar Goud Telugu Attended
25 Babitha Shetty Tulu Attended
26 ChiK Tulu Attended
1 Vjsuseela Telugu Withdrawn
2 Gopavasanth Indic Mediawiki Developers User Group Withdrawn


Train the Trainer Groupphoto Kochi
  • CIS-A2K will provide full travel support to participants.
  • The accommodation will be provided to participants by CIS-A2K.
  • The Food will be served according to the participant's dietary preferences (non-veg, veg, etc.).

Information about Scholarships process

Call for Scholarships
Call for the applications happened between 5 and 14 August 2023, 23:59:59 IST. A2K invited scholarship applications for:
  • Any active Wikimedian from India, contributing to any Indic language Wikimedia project (including English) is eligible to apply.
  • An editor with at least 800 edits on zero-namespace before 30 June 2023.
  • Anyone who has the interest to conduct offline/in-person Wiki events and to train others.
Eligibility Criteria

There are some specific eligibility criteria that applicants must meet to be considered for the Scholarships:

  1. The first eligibility criterion is for individuals who are eligible to fill out the scholarship form. If you meet the following conditions, you are eligible to apply.
  2. The second eligibility criterion will be set by the Scholarship team. They will assess all applications received and select scholarship recipients based on a thorough and fair evaluation process, similar to the distribution of scholarships.
  3. Note: Individuals who have already participated in an earlier iteration of TTT cannot apply. Their application will not be considered.

Train The Trainer 8th Iteration Report


The 8th iteration of Train The Trainer unfolded over three days in September and October (29th September to 1st October 2023), with the main event spanning three days, excluding day 0. Below are the key highlights from Day 0 to Day 3:

Day 0: Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere


Day 0 commenced at 7:00 PM, designed to foster a friendly atmosphere for all participants. The evening session commenced with welcoming the participants and an introduction to the Wiki Buddies concept, emphasizing its importance by Pavan Santosh. Participants were divided into 5 groups, initiating introduction sessions within each group. Following the group introductions, a larger group introduction session extended for more than an hour, providing an opportunity for participants and organizers to acquaint themselves with each other and their work. The session was marked by the enthusiastic involvement of all participants, who actively shared interesting facts about one another.

Day 1


The day kicked off with an engaging "Question of the Day," prompting participants to provide one-word answers. The TTT program featured a diverse range of interactive and productive sessions. Tanveer Hasan initiated the day with an introduction to TTT and UCoC.

Subsequently, 26 participants were divided into 5 groups known as WikiBuddies for an informative and interactive "eConnect with Wikimedians" session, led by Pavan Santosh. Each Wikibuddies group connected with an experienced Wikimedian over a video call where they shared how they started as a Wikimedian, their experiences within the movement, interacted with the group, introduced them to the inspiring work of few other Wikimedians and provided them insights about the future of Wikimedia movement from their perspective. Five selected Wikimedians Arya Joshi, Bharathesha Alasandemajalu, Chaduvari, Frederick Noronha and Rohini connected with one group each as part of this session. Logistically these sessions were arranged in the conference hall and 2 other small rooms within the hotel.

After 45 minutes, the program delved into a group activity named "Wikimedians' Motivations and Challenges to Contribute." This interactive session or activity involved charts and sticky notes, with three rounds that actively engaged all group members. During the final round, each group presented their outcomes to the others.

Jinoy and Nivas conducted two insightful sessions: "Different Ways of Outreach: Issues and Best Practices" and "How to Track the Impact of a Program." These sessions drew from their experiences, offering valuable insights and introducing essential tools for tracking impact.

Day 1 also featured two crucial sessions. 'The Wikipedia Library: History, Present, and Future of the Project' generated significant interest among community members, sparking discussions about potential collaborations. The penultimate session focused on 'Wikisource Story: Hands-on Session around Relicensing and Digitization of Books.' This impactful session included parallel tracks on Relicensing and a training session on Digitization, leaving a lasting impression on participants. Due to time constraints, we had to split the session into two, and the swap of participant groups between parallel tracks occurred on Day 2.

Day 2


Day 2 commenced with a group photo, setting a vibrant tone for the day's activities. The sessions began with "eConnect with Affiliates & Organizations" conducted in the same five groups. Following this, Ranjith Siji from the Kerala Wikimedians User Group led a session titled "Wiki Loves Muziris and Other User Group Activities," focusing on a photography project and sharing related experiences with TTT participants.

The next session, conducted virtually by Veronica Thamaini, centred on 'Community Resources and Various Funding Opportunities for Wikimedians to Make More Impact.' Veronica discussed available funds and funding opportunities for communities and volunteers. An unexpected technical glitch in the venue's sound system created issues for this session, and as a result, Tanveer Hasan, who was present at the venue, supported the Q&A.

The "Wikisource Story: Hands-on Session around Relicensing and Digitization of Books" continued from Day 1, with participants switching between sessions attended on Day 1 and those attended on Day 2.

The final session of the day was a virtual presentation on "Communicating Impact" by Rachit Sharma. He delved into the significance of the Diff platform and how individuals within the Wikimedia community can leverage it to promote their activities, events, and initiatives effectively.

The day concluded with an educational tour of Fort Kochi, a popular heritage cluster in the city. Balagopal, a professional guide, led the tour by explaining the historical journey of Fort Kochi and pointing out prominent landmarks. The group of over 30 participants and organizers started the journey from the hotel on a bus, then continued onto an exciting water metro, followed by a large flat-bottom boat, and finally, on foot. Despite a few interruptions caused by rainy weather, the journey continued through the heritage sites of Fort Kochi, touching on a history spanning centuries.

Day 3


The day commenced with "WikiConference India 2023: What Made It Happen!" by Nivas and Nitesh, during which they discussed the processes, outcomes, and experiences of WikiConference India 2023. Following this, a session titled "How Do We Make Editing More Inclusive and Accessible: Panel Discussion" was conducted, featuring four participants or volunteers from different language communities engaging in panel discussions, moderated by Padmini Roy. The subsequent session, "Outreach and Inclusion: A Story of Curating a Delhi Resettlement Colony with Open Knowledge Platforms," was led by Padmini Roy and presented insightful information based on research data.

The last sessions of TTT were conducted by Tanveer Hasan, covering “Ongoing Major initiatives of Global Movement”, "Review and Planning" and "Building Connections and Empowering Communities," focusing on the future of Wikimedia communities and the Wikimedia movement.