Grants:PEG/Mahmoudalrawi/Iraq Wikipedia Project

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To have sessions for teaching Wikipedia (How to edit & How to create a new article, ....etc) attached with an awareness campaign offline and online for increasing contribution and awareness about Arabic Wikipedia
targetArabic Wikipeida
strategic priorityIncrease participation
start dateApril
start year2016
end dateSeptember
end year2016
budget (local currency)2500000 IQD
budget (USD)2000
grant typeIndividual
non-profit statusNo
contact(s)• rawi1403(_AT_)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

We lack awareness about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. We need to educate people about it and to learn them who to participate in Wikipedia.

Also, as there is a program in Iraq called: "I'm Iraqi, I read", I want to start a program called: "I'm Iraqi, I write".

What is your solution?[edit]

  • A twice monthly sessions for 5 months to meet different groups.
  • Volunteers from 3 universities in Baghdad are ready to participate.
  • An NGO informed me that they will support me as they have good relations with youth groups in Baghdad and other regions in Iraq.


  • Improvement of participation in Wikimedia project in Iraq.
  • Awareness about Wikipedia in Iraq.



twice monthly sessions for 5 months.


Target readership[edit]

  • Professional people who can translate from English
  • University students (including post graduate)

Fit with strategy[edit]

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Measures of success[edit]

  • 30-50 participants per session with needed knowledge to edit and add to Wikipedia
  • Both genders participation with low gender gap.
  • Continuation of at least 10 users after the end of the program (follow up tell the end of this year).
  • 100 of articles created (during the sessions) plus another 100 in the time of following up.
  • 100 photos uploaded to Commons and added to Wikipedia articles.

Resources and risks[edit]


The Sessions and the campaign will be done by me only User:Mahmoudalrawi.


Political and security situation in Iraq. I'll try to get support from User:Ravan (from Iraq also) and I'll try to apply my experience as I'm participating regularly in Wikipedia since 2010 and I attended WikiArabia 2015 and 2016.


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Project budget table[edit]

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Venue The place where to have the teaching session 1 10 50 500 USD The total price is for 10 sessions, twice monthly. The price is for a hall in NGO that will support us. The price is for maintenance requirements as claimed by them.
2 Promotional Materials Brochures In Arabic 1 500 0.5 250 USD I'll try to provide brochures that will be copied by black/white printer. The cost will be only for papers and ink.
3 Food and Beverages Snacks during the sessions 1 300 4 1200 USD I'm considering 30 people each session. I have calculated the 10$ each person as I expect the session to be 2-3 hours with one sandwich + soft drink.
4 Prizes and Awards Small symbolic prizes related to Wikipedia 1 10 5 50 USD Simple gifts will be planned with certificates of attendance for participants who continue in attending session and editing in Wikipedia.

Total cost of project[edit]

2000 USD

Total amount requested[edit]

Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants Program. 2000 $

Additional sources of revenue[edit]

Additional sources of revenue, other than the Project and Event Grants Program, that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

I would require Wikimedia's marks for the logos used in the flyers and on the prizes.

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