Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/African Women In Education (ID: 22102736)/Final Report

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Rapid Fund Final Report

Report Status: Accepted

Due date: 2023-07-22T00:00:00Z

Funding program: Rapid Fund, Wikimedia Community Fund

Report type: Final


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General information[edit]

  • Title of Proposal: African Women In Education
  • Username of Applicant: Ebubechukwu1
  • Name of Organization: N/A
  • Amount awarded: 1500
  • Amount spent: 1500 USD, 691440 NGN

Part 1 Understanding your work[edit]

1. Briefly describe how your proposed activities and strategies were implemented

The implementation of proposed activities and strategies for the "African Women in Education" project. The project aims to create awareness about Wikiquote and promote gender gap diversity. It covers e-flyer campaigns, a physical event and edit-a-thon, and a virtual webinar and edit-a-thon. These activities aimed to engage Wikimedian editors and raise awareness about notable quotes from African women.

Creating Awareness: Strategies included designing e-flyers, social media promotion, and targeted outreach within relevant online communities and mailing lists. These efforts aimed to generate interest and expand the event's reach.

Physical Event: Steps involved venue selection, logistics management, and training workshops conducted by experienced Wikimedians. These workshops covered basic editing skills and Wikiquote principles, providing hands-on experience for participants.

Virtual Webinar: In the virtual webinar, Prof. Yaqub Omolara (BSc, MSc, and PhD in Economics), an esteemed African female Educator, shared valuable insights on gender gap diversity and the profound impact of African women's quotes. The event was facilitated through a reliable webinar platform, fostering interactive discussions among participants. Ongoing support was extended to encourage contributions to Wikiquote.

2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you felt were effective in achieving your goals? Please describe these strategies and approaches.

1. E-flyer Campaigns: Eye-catching e-flyers were designed and shared on social media platforms to attract the target audience, including existing and aspiring Wikimedian editors. These visually appealing e-flyers included event details and generated awareness and engagement.

2. Social Media Promotion: Leveraging platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp, the project reached a wider audience. Engaging captions, relevant hashtags, and targeted sharing increased visibility and sparked interest among potential participants.

3. Targeted Outreach: Focused efforts within Nigerian online communities and mailing lists dedicated to Wikipedia and Wikiquote ensured engagement from individuals already interested in the subject matter. This approach generated organic interest and participation.

4. Physical Events with Training Workshops: Immersive physical events, including training workshops led by experienced Wikimedians, provided hands-on experiences. Participants acquired essential editing skills and learned the principles of Wikiquote, enhancing their confidence and effectiveness.

5. Virtual Webinar featuring a Distinguished African Female Educator: A virtual webinar featuring a prominent African female educator raised awareness about gender gap diversity and the impact of African women's quotes. The speaker's expertise resonated with participants, resulting in an engaging and insightful session.

3. Please use this space to upload media and other files that help tell your story and impact.

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IMPACT: images and photos link

4. To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the work carried out with the support of this Fund? You can choose “not applicable” if your work does not relate to these goals.

Our efforts during the Fund period have helped to...
A. Bring in participants from underrepresented groups Strongly agree
B. Create a more inclusive and connected culture in our community Strongly agree
C. Develop content about underrepresented topics/groups Strongly agree
D. Develop content from underrepresented perspectives Strongly agree
E. Encourage the retention of editors Strongly agree
F. Encourage the retention of organizers Strongly agree

5. Is there anything else you would like to share about how your efforts helped to bring in participants and/or build out content, particularly for underrepresented groups?

Our efforts have been instrumental in bringing in participants and building out content for this project, particularly for underrepresented groups. Here are some key aspects of how our efforts have contributed:

1. Inclusive Outreach: We have actively reached out to underrepresented groups, including women,Journalists, educators, researchers and individuals, to encourage their participation in the project. By engaging with these communities through targeted outreach and inclusive messaging, we have created an environment that welcomes their contributions.

2. Collaborative Partnerships: We have forged partnerships with organizations and individuals working in the field of education and African women empowerment. These collaborations have not only helped us promote the project but have also provided opportunities for co-creation of content.

3. Training and Support: We have provided comprehensive training and support to participants, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to enhance their skills and confidence in contributing to Wikiquote. Through workshops, mentoring, and ongoing assistance, we have empowered participants to overcome barriers and actively contribute their knowledge and insights.

4. Content Promotion: We have actively promoted the contributions of underrepresented groups within the Wikiquote African Women in Education project. By highlighting their quotes, stories, and perspectives through various channels such as social media and Wikiquote.

Part 2: Your main learning[edit]

6. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What did you learn about these areas during this period?

During this period, I have focused on expanding my knowledge in the specified areas. Here's what I have learned:

1. Impact on the Wikimedia Movement: Through analyzing the project's outcomes and engagement metrics, I have gained insights into how the project has impacted the Wikimedia movement. This includes understanding the increase in awareness and participation within the community, as well as the broader impact on gender gap diversity and representation.

2. Project Insights and Knowledge Building: By closely examining the project's processes and outcomes, I have gained a deeper understanding of its strategies, challenges, and successes. This knowledge can be leveraged to build upon existing practices and contribute to the improvement and growth of similar initiatives within the Wikimedia movement.

3. Contributing to Wikiquote: I have learned more about the unique aspects of Wikiquote as a Wikimedia sister project. This includes understanding the specific guidelines, best practices, and community dynamics involved in contributing effectively to Wikiquote. This knowledge equips me to provide guidance and support to individuals interested in contributing to Wikiquote or similar platforms.

Overall, my focus during this period has been on understanding the impact of the project on the Wikimedia movement, gathering insights for knowledge building, and gaining knowledge about contributing effectively to Wikiquote as a Wikimedia sister project.

7. Did anything unexpected or surprising happen when implementing your activities?This can include both positive and negative situations. What did you learn from those experiences?

1. Positive Surprises: We were pleasantly surprised by the high level of enthusiasm and engagement from the participants. The turnout for the physical event and the level of active participation in the virtual webinar exceeded our expectations. This positive response demonstrated the genuine interest and dedication of the community towards promoting gender gap diversity and African women's contributions. Lesson learned: Recognize and appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of participants, and leverage their energy to further drive the project's success.

2. Negative Challenges: We faced unexpected logistical challenges during the physical event, such as last-minute venue changes and technical difficulties. These unforeseen obstacles taught us the importance of maintaining open communication, adaptability, and having backup plans in place. It reinforced the need for flexibility and effective problem-solving skills when organizing such events. Lesson learned: Prioritize effective communication and always be prepared with contingency plans to address unexpected challenges and ensure a smooth execution of activities.

We learned the significance of adaptability, effective communication, and preparedness when facing challenges. The positive surprises reinforced the dedication and enthusiasm of the community, while the negative experiences taught us the importance of flexibility and proactive problem-solving.

8. How do you hope to use this learning? For instance, do you have any new priorities, ideas for activities, or goals for the future?

Based on the valuable learning gained, we aim to utilize this knowledge to shape our future priorities, activities, and goals. Here are some key areas we plan to focus on:

1. Wikiquote Content Expansion: Based on our experiences and insights, we aim to prioritize the expansion of Wikiquote content related to African educators. This includes sourcing and adding notable quotes from African educators, highlighting their perspectives, insights, and contributions. By enriching the Wikiquote platform with diverse voices from African educators, we can enhance its value as a resource for quotes and knowledge.

2. Wikipedia Collaboration: We recognize the interconnectedness between Wikiquote and Wikipedia, both being part of the Wikimedia movement. Moving forward, we intend to strengthen collaboration between these platforms by promoting the inclusion of notable African educators in their respective Wikipedia articles. By providing comprehensive and accurate information about African educators on Wikipedia, we can complement the quote-focused content on Wikiquote and create a more holistic representation of their contributions.

3. Engaging African Educators: Building upon our experiences, we aim to actively engage African educators in the Wikimedia community. This involves creating targeted outreach initiatives, collaborating with educational institutions and organizations in Africa, and providing resources and support for African educators to contribute to Wikiquote and Wikipedia.

9. Documentation of resources: Use this space to upload any documents that would be useful to share with others (e.g. communications material, training material, presentations).

Here is an additional field to type in URLs.


Part 3: Metrics[edit]

10a. Open Metrics reporting

In your application, you defined some open metrics and targets (goals). You will see a table like the one below with your metric in the title and the target you set in your proposal automatically filled in. Use the tables to report the result. Use the comments column to describe any aspects of this result that you find relevant. If the results were different from the initial target (goals) then you can explain why and what you learned from this. You can also provide any qualitative analysis regarding these results. In the last column please describe the tools and methodology used to collect this data and any difficulties you might have had.

Open Metrics Summary
Open Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of articles Number of Articles to be created and improved on Wikiquote 200 376 we had 204 pages improved ,172 pages edited and a total of 1.07K edits Outreach dashboard and Xtool
Number of participants Number of New and Existing editors 40 57 We had a total of 57 participants Outreach Dashboard
Physical training Number of participants expected to be present at the physical training 40 40 We had exactly 40 participants at the Physical training N/A

10b. Core Metrics reporting

In your application, you defined targets for some core metrics and targets (goals). You will see a table like the one below with each core metric in the title and the target you set in your proposal automatically filled in. Use the tables to report the result. Use the comments column to describe any aspects of this result that you find relevant. If the results were different from the initial target (goals) then you can explain why and what you learned from this. You can also provide any qualitative analysis regarding these results. In the last column please describe the tools and methodology used to collect this data and any difficulties you might have had. Note: a table will appear for each Wikimedia project content contribution you defined in your proposal.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of participants Number of Participants :40

Number of New Editors: 25 Number of Existing Editors: 15

40 57 We had a total of 57 participants Outreach Dashboard
Number of editors Number of New and Existing Editors :40 40 57 we had 13 new editors and 44 returning participants Outreach Dashboard
Number of organizers 1 Project lead

2 team members

3 3 we had 3 team members the project lead,co facilitator and communications and Logostics were actively involved during the course of the training. Outreach Dashboard
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Wikiquote Number of articles to be created and improved 200 376 we had 204 pages improved and 172 pages created Outreach Dashboard

12. Did you have any difficulties collecting data to measure your results? This could include things like a lack of time or resources, or the expertise in your team to collect this data. It could also include difficulties with particular data collection tools.


12a. State what difficulties you had.


12b. How do you hope to overcome these challenges in the future? Do you have any recommendations for the Foundation to support you in addressing these challenges?


13. Use this space to upload any documents and provide links to any tools you have used that would be useful to understand your data collection (e.g., surveys you have carried out, communications material, training material, program and event dashboard link, project page on Meta).

Here is an additional field to type in URLs.

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14. Have you shared these results with other Wikimedian communities (either affiliates, user groups, volunteers, etc., different to yours)? This can include things such as data and direct outcomes, lessons you have learned, or information on how to run or recreate your programs.


14a. If yes or partially, please describe how you have already shared them and if you would like to do more sharing, and if so how.

Yes, the results of the project have been shared with Wikimedia affiliates and community members. The sharing was done through the Wikimedia Nigeria community platform and by posting on the Wikimedia Diff platform.

By sharing the results on the Wikimedia Nigeria community platform, We have reached out to the local Wikimedia community in Nigeria, providing them with valuable insights and information about the project. This allows community members to stay informed about the progress and outcomes of the project.

Posting on the Wikimedia Diff platform is another effective way of sharing the results with a wider audience within the Wikimedia community. Wikimedia Diff is a platform that encourages discussion, sharing of experiences, and collaboration among community members.

Part 4: Financial reporting and compliance[edit]

15. & 14a. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency.

691440 NGN

16. Please state the total amount spent in USD.

1500 USD

17. Please report the funds received and spending in the currency of your fund.

17a. Upload a financial report file.

17b. Please provide a link to your financial reporting document.

As required in the fund agreement, please report any deviations from your fund proposal here. Note that, among other things, any changes must be consistent with our WMF mission, must be for charitable purposes as defined in the grant agreement, and must otherwise comply with the grant agreement.

17c. If you have not already done so in your budget report, please provide information on changes in the budget in relation to your original proposal.


18. Do you have any unspent funds from the Fund?


18a. Please list the amount and currency you did not use and explain why.


18b. What are you planning to do with the underspent funds?


18c. Please provide details of hope to spend these funds.


19. Are you in compliance with the terms outlined in the fund agreement?


20. Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement?


21. Are you in compliance with provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and with relevant tax laws and regulations restricting the use of the Funds as outlined in the grant agreement? In summary, this is to confirm that the funds were used in alignment with the WMF mission and for charitable/nonprofit/educational purposes.


22. If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please write them here.

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