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Wiki activity in schools
Wiki editing should be made part of learning in school, be it curricular or extra-curricular. Top schools may engage in translating and localizing English articles into the national/regional language or vice-versa. One practical way could be making translation project where the teacher would assign articles to translate to groups of students within a set time period. It would inculcate thinking skills where students would brainstorm to produce the best translations and help improve ties between languages (yes, languages have diplomatic ties to be maintained). As for rural schools, wherever Internet connection is possible, students may be given assignments to write up or improve Wikipedia articles about their locality.
idea creator
Pincode horjehCarl Zona
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created on05:22, 12 January 2018 (UTC)


Who are the people you want to introduce Wikipedia to?[edit]

Try to be as specific as possible about this group.
students and educators in schools (primary and secondary) and institutions of higher education

In what languages do they search for information, online or otherwise?[edit]

Malay, English, Chinese, a bit of Indonesian

In what ways does this group communicate with each other?[edit]

This can include services and apps in social media, mailing lists, physical spaces like conferences or lectures, or at specific institutions like at a library.
classroom, library, Facebook, WhatsApp

What are some reasons this group would use Wikipedia? How would they benefit from it, or what would they find useful?[edit]

Think about what they would be interested in reading and learning about; does Wikipedia provide better access to information this group cares about?
It would inculcate their love for languages especially their native one and help take their language out of the shadows of major world languages, improve critical thinking by looking for the best translations whenever translations become tricky, and understanding how different their native tongue and other languages describe the world etc.

Project idea[edit]

What language Wikipedia projects will you promote to new readers?[edit]

Malay, English

How will you communicate with new readers? Will you be communicating with them online, in-person, or both?[edit]

Describe your idea to engage new readers. How might it be implemented? What will you tell people about Wikipedia?[edit]

Think about the steps that might involved to make this idea happen, and what you might teach people about your experience or others' experiences using Wikipedia.
I would encourage them to contribute and not just read. I would ask them to add and improve articles especially those in their native language.

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed?[edit]

If you’re not certain about how to respond to this question when starting your idea, you do not need to answer it right now. Campaign participants and Wikimedia Foundation staff can help you consider some options.
It's going to be an ongoing process.

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?[edit]

Do you need people with specific skills or resources to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? Do you need advising from Wikimedia Foundation staff?
I can only promote this idea in simple language as I am not an educator myself. I just need a learning culture that has a positive attitude towards languages, equally so towards national and international languages. In my country, the national language is not held in high regard by the urban professional class, partly due to politics and maybe unsatisfactory language planning.

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About the idea creator[edit]

I have been a Wikipedia editor for 10+ years, mainly translating English articles to Malay.


  • Volunteer i will be uploading latest news Pincode horjeh (talk) 18:46, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer i'd like to be a volunteer for the realization Carl Zona (talk) 21:26, 21 January 2018 (UTC)


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