Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Alliances Fund/LSLN Wikipedia training and edit-a-thon for Postgraduate students of the Enugu State University.
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A. Organization type
- Mission-aligned organization
B. Organization name
- Literacy for Sustainable Living Nigeria
E. Do you have an account on a Wikimedia project?
E1. Please provide the main Wikimedia Username (required) and Usernames of people related to this proposal.
- Ngozi Osadebe User: Ngozi osadebe
Ezinne Njoku User: Ezimoo Beatrice Ewa User: Beatrice Ewa Adaora Obuezie (User: Obuezie Goodness Ignatius User: Olugold Nkem Osuigwe User: African Librarian Scholar Ukwoma User: Ukwoma Scholar Uzoamaka Nwosu [[User:: Amakanne]]
G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?
- Applied previously and did receive a grant
H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?
- H1. Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?
- Parents for future (COP26 Micro grant)
African Climate change Initiative, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Rapid Grants, Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
- H2. Please state the size of these grants from the following options.
- Under 5,000 USD
- H3. What type of organization (s) did you receive grants from?
- International NGO
- H4. What percentage of your program budget do other funders contribute to?
- Between 30 and 75%
1. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
1a. Fiscal organization name.
2. Are you legally registered?
3. What type of organization are you?
- Non profit organisation
4. What is your organization or group's mission and how does it align with the Wikimedia movement?
- The mission of LSLN is to create a society where every action and decision is based on reliable and authentic information. Based on this, one of the core objectives of the NGO is to promote the gathering, storage, and dissemination of information for sustainable living and development. The mission of LSLN aligns with the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) because both are non-profit organizations that support the growth, development, and dissemination of free knowledge.
5. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)
6. Please state the title of your proposal.
- LSLN Wikipedia training and edit-a-thon for Postgraduate students of the Enugu State University.
9. Where will this proposal be implemented?
10. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries?
10a. If you have answered international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.
10b. Are there any specific sub-regions or areas where your proposal will be implemented?
11. What is the challenge or problem you are addressing and why is this important?
- Africa is the second largest and most populous of the seven continents in the world. Among the continents, it is the most diverse in terms of culture, language, and people. Africa’s population is about 1.3 billion. This population is projected to triple by the end of the 21st century. Despite its vast population and culture, not very much is known about Africa and its potential. The few available information about Africa is written by none Africans often with a lot of bias. In Wikipedia, less than 5% of Wikipedia contributors are Africans or people living within the African continent. Only 5.5% of geographically tagged articles on Wikipedia and across all languages are related to Africa. This creates a knowledge gap on the African continent.
The lack of contributions to Wikipedia by Africans may be attributed to lack of the required skill to edit or the awareness that they need to contribute content to the encyclopedia. It is therefore important that awareness is created among African youths that everybody can contribute to Wikipedia and also, it is important that African youths are equipped with the skill to contribute to Wikipedia, close the knowledge gap in Africa, and help to make Wikipedia really the sum of all knowledge. Moreover, it is a common belief among academics that Wikipedia pages cannot be used in research works because they are unreliable and written by volunteers who may not be experts in particular subject fields. It is in the interest of LSLN to challenge this perception by making Wikipedia training and edit-a-thon part of the orientation program for Nigerian newly admitted postgraduate students. If the students learn how Wikipedia articles are created and the policies guiding creating or editing articles in Wikipedia, the students will appreciate Wikipedia and will defend it in any circle where the argument arises that Wikipedia articles are not reliable.
12. What is the main objective of your proposal? Please state why you think partnering with Wikimedia Movement helps to achieve this objective?
- To increase the number of skilled Africans contributing content to Wikipedia by training 400 postgraduate students of Enugu State University to contribute content to Wikipedia so that the knowledge gap about Africa in Wikipedia will be reduced. Gradually, Wikipedia is dominating the free knowledge landscape and this is likely to continue into the future. Making knowledge available through Wikipedia, for now, is the only means of making knowledge about the African continent easily visible.
13. Describe your main strategies to achieve this objective?
- Our main strategy for achieving this objective will be implemented through strategic activities broadly categorized into twelve. The aim of the strategic activities is to ensure smooth and successful outcomes for the project.
- 1. The Wikimedia training Libraries at https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/training will be adopted for the training.
- 2. Call a meeting of facilitators to share responsibilities (The facilitators are members of the Wikimedia groups in South East Nigeria who are collaborators to this project)
- 3. Create awareness among the postgraduate students on the need to contribute to Wikipedia through a speech that members of the organization (Literacy for Sustainable Living Nigeria) will present at the orientation program for newly admitted postgraduate students.
- 4. Preparation of a pre-and post-training survey questionnaire to measure the outcome of the training.
- 5. Create an online link for interested participants to register for the program (We expect to limit the number of registrants to 400 for effective management).
- 6. Group the registered members into four groups with code names. (We propose to use the names of the different shades of blue such as Navy, Teal, Indigo, and Peacock).
- 7. Place each group under their anchor person(s) for the project (anchor persons are persons that will lead the teams that will deliver the training. All the anchor persons are members of the NGO, Librarians, and Wikipedia group leaders in their institutions. They include myself, Ngozi Osadebe [[User: Ngozi Osadebe, Adaora Obuezie User: obuezie, Goodness Ignatius [[User: Olugold), Scholar Ukwoma User: Ukwoma Scholar, Beatrice Ewa User: Beatrice Ewa, Ezinne Njoku, User:Ezimoo. Anchor persons will work with volunteer facilitators to deliver the training. The volunteer facilitators are members of Wikipedia groups in South East Nigeria.
- 8. Identification of suitable venues for the training by each group leader (Anchor person).
- 9. Selection of date and time for the training and edit-a-thon.
10. Set up an outreach dashboard through which the activities of participants during the training will be tracked. The tracking period will last for six months.
11. Execution of the training program (Training in each of the groups will take place simultaneously for easy coordination)
12. Administration and collection of the post-training survey instrument (The pre-training survey instrument must have been administered and collected prior to the training).
14. Are you running any in-person events or activities?
15. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified content knowledge gaps?
- Content Gender gap, Age (regency) , Geography
16. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.
- Education, Advocacy, Human Rights
17. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.
- Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background
18. Please tell us more about your target participants.
- Our target participants are Postgraduate students of Enugu State University. The NGO has gotten approval from the University Vice-chancellor through the University Librarian to teach the newly admitted postgraduate students how to edit or create Wikipedia articles. Postgraduate students refer to students pursuing Master’s or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Many of the postgraduate students are youths. As youths, many of them have digital and research skills in different fields which will make learning Wikipedia editing much easier. The students are of diverse academic disciplines, abilities, and sexual orientations. The implication is that the contributions of the students will be in diverse fields. However, emphasis on contributions will be based on women and climate change as they relate to each field of knowledge.
To participate in the program, the participants must be registered postgraduate students of the University and must have enrolled in the training program within the specified time. A WhatsApp group of the participants will be formed after the program to keep track of the student's activities on Wikipedia after the training. The participants will be notified of other Wikimedia events such as Wiki loves monuments, Wiki loves women and Wiki loves earth through the WhatsApp group. Participants will be integrated into user groups within their communities for continuous mentorship and practice. The University library will be encouraged to organize edit-a-thon annually for the students.
19. Do you have plans to work with other Wikimedia communities, groups or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?
19a. If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.
- This project is a collaborative project by all Wikimedia groups in South East Nigeria. These include the Wikipedia groups, NAU academia fan club led by Adaora Obuezie, IG Wiki Librarian Hub led by Goodness Ignatius, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Wikipedia group, and Surplus People in the Universities Research Group (SPURG), UNN being led by Ngozi Osadebe. Wikimedia communities in South East Nigeria are led by Librarians in academic institutions. This project has been extensively discussed in the group’s meetings and published on the group’s WhatsApp platforms. The Wikimedia communities will provide resource persons who will act as facilitators during the training and edit-a-thon. Aflia, the umbrella body uniting all librarians in Africa has been notified of this project through the Training Director, Nkem Osuigwe, who has promised to send representatives. The Art and Feminism Director has been notified too.
19b. If no, please tell us the reasons why it has not been possible to make these connections.
20. Will you be working with other external non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?
20a. If yes, please describe these partnerships.
20a. If yes, indicate sharing of resources from these partners (in kind support, grants, donations, payments).
21. Please tell us how your organization is structured.
- Literacy for Sustainable Living is an intergenerational (LSLN) NGO governed by a five-member Board of Trustees (BoT). The board has the power to act on behalf of the association in all matters except those reserved by the constitution for discussion at quarterly general meetings of the organization.
The day-to-day management of the NGO is done by the chairman of the board also known as the Director. The Director is answerable to the Board of Trustees. Other executives of the NGO such as the Secretary, the financial secretary, and the outreach secretary are responsible to the Director. Each executive officer of the NGO holds office for a period of four years. All members of the Board of Trustees are Wikipedians who belong to one Wikipedia User group in South East Nigeria or the other. The Director is a signatory to all the accounts of the NGO and her signature is compulsory for all withdrawals from the NGO’s account.
22. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
- Yes, we have the team that is required to implement the project.
- Dr Ngozi Osadebe [User: Ngozi Osadebe is versed in implementing Wikimedia programs. She is the organizer of Nnamdi Azikiwe Library Art and Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, SPURG art and Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Aflia #1Lib1Ref program, and the campaign organizer of the “Let’s make Wikipedia edit-a-thon inclusive. Ngozi has been organizing Wikipedia events since 2017.
- Ezinne Njoku [[User: Ezimoo), is a facilitator in all Wikipedia projects at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. As a special needs librarian, she has worked on different online training programs for the blind.
- Adaora Obuezie User: Obuezie is the program organizer of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) academia Fan. She has been organizing Wikipedia events since 2020.
- Goodness Ignatius User: Olugold is the program organizer of Ig Wikipedia Librarians hub. She has been organizing Wikipedia events since 2020
- Beatrice Ewa, User: Beatrice Ewa is the Climate change librarian in the Climate change special library, UNN. She has organized many projects for the African Climate Change Initiative (ACCAI) UNN. Among these projects are ACCAI World environmental Day seminars and World Cleanup Day events. User: Beatrice Ewa is a co-organizer in all University of Nigeria, Nsukka Wikimedia projects.
- Dr Nkem Osuigwe User: African Librarianis the Training Director, AfLia (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions. She has worked on many different online training programs of AfLIA as a mentor and content developer. She is an active participant in AfLIA Wikipedia training.
- Scholar Ukwoma User:Ukwoma Scholar is a co-organizer of Wikipedia programs of Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
- Uzoamaka Nwosu (User: Amakanne]] is an accountant with the Federal Radio cooperation of Nigeria (FRCN), Enugu.
23. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.
Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation
24. What do you hope to learn from this proposal?
- LSLN will draw from its past experiences in project coordination to ensure that the project objectives are met. LSLN has a MEL culture to which members are dedicated. MEL stands for monitoring, evaluation, and learning. LSLN members’ dedication to MEL goes beyond reporting requirements, members collect high-quality data and track learning for evidence-based decision-making.
Two reports will be produced for the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) in the life of this project. One will be a mid-term report and the other, end of term report. The mid-term report will report on the progress of the project as it relates to project objectives, timelines, and areas that need adjustment to ensure that the project goals are met. The end-of-term project report will give a detailed report of everything concerning the project including objectives met, unmet, timeliness of activities, the university and participants’ perception of the program, funds used, /unused, and the likelihood of continuing the training in the university in the years to come. Pre-training and post-training questionnaires will be used to capture information on the views of the participants before and after the training. The Wikimedia outreach dashboard will be used to capture and monitor the progress and outcome of key activities under the project. Attendance and movement registers will be used too to monitor attendance and movement throughout the project.
25. Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.
|Number of participants||The participants will be made up of 400 postgraduate students, 24 project organizers, 8 (ICT) technical assistants, 4 childcare attendants, 20 children, and 4 cleaners. In all, we envisage 460 participants.
New participants 400. Repeat participants 24.
|Number of editors||The project will train 400 new editors. These new editors are postgraduate students of the university. The students will be recruited from all the nine faculties in the University and the university library. It is likely that all the 400 participants may be new editors who have not undergone any training in Wikipedia editing. It is also likely that 55% of the participants will be males 40% females and 5% LBTQ+.
New editors 400. Returning editors 0 400
|Number of organizers||There will be 24 organizers. The 24 organizers will be divided into 4 groups. Each group will manage a group of 100 editors under a leader known as the anchor person. The anchorpersons are Librarians and Wikipedia group leaders in their universities. The rest of the organizers are volunteers from Wikimedia groups in South East Nigeria. The training and edit-a-thon will be a hybrid program. Each group will organize two sets of training and two edit-a-thons||24|
|Wikipedia||At least 600 articles will be created or improved. Statistics on the number of articles created or improved will be tracked through the outreach dashboard.
The number of articles improved = 400 Number of articles created = 200
25a. If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation. (optional)
26. What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impact of your work? (optional)
- . Apart from the core metrics discussed above, the Wikimedia usernames of the participants will be recorded to keep track of those who continued editing in the future. A record of the number of participants that requested to join other Wikipedia user groups in South East Nigeria will also be maintained. A note will also be taken of the number of people that joined the training and followed it to the end and those that dropped out. Both participants (those that followed to the end and those that dropped out) will be followed up through emails and phone calls to find out the reasons for their actions. This will help a lot in the future in planning other Wikipedia events.
27. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?
- Wikipedia outreach dashboard.
Zoom logs for training sessions Pre-training and post-training surveys Attendance register Movement register
28. How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?
- Make a short presentation of the experience, Create a training workshop to show others what we learned, Share results on social media, Share results with our communities, Develop learning material for other users
29. What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency.
- 24455000 USD
30. What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?
- 57516.7 USD
31. & 32. Please provide a budget for the amount of funding requested.
- All expenses are covered in the excel spreadsheet. The link to the spreadsheet is below.
33. What do you do to make sure there is a good management of funds?
- LSLN has a strong management structure that oversees the management of the organization’s finances. The director’s signature is compulsory for all withdrawals from the association’s accounts. The internal auditor vets all transactions and certify payments. The financial secretary is required to keep a clear and concise account of all financial transactions. Moreover, receipts and disbursement of funds pass through strict financial regulations that meet the regulations of funders and the Nigerian government as it regards NGOs. At the end of every financial year, an external auditor will look at the transactions of the NGO and report directly to the board of trustees. Copies of the auditor’s report are deposited at the Nigerian Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC.)
34. How will you contribute towards creating a supportive environment for participants using the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy?
- Copies of the UCOC and Wikipedia-friendly Space policy will be made available to the participants through email before the training starts. Participants will be encouraged to ask for clarification of any part of the UCOC that is not clear to them.
The UCOC and friendly space policy will also be discussed with the participants’ first thing on the first day of training. The NGO’s culture for less use of titles in public meetings should be called in to enable free communication among participants and to ensure that nobody feels intimidated.
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