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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Breaking Barriers:Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Northern Nigeria (ID: 22116456)

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Breaking Barriers:Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Northern Nigeria
proposed start date2023-07-03
proposed end date2023-08-16
budget (local currency)1890000 NGN
budget (USD)4118 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Bhaffa
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Grant Proposal

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Breaking Barriers:Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Northern Nigeria

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

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1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

This is a project aimed at promoting the advancement of the Hausa language and culture in Northern Nigeria through the use of Wikipedia. The project seeks to create an online community of Hausa-speaking volunteers who will work together to create and improve Hausa-language Wikipedia articles.

Advancement and revitalization of the Hausa language and culture in the region. This is important for several reasons:

Preserving cultural heritage: Hausa language and culture have a rich history and heritage that needs to be preserved and passed down to future generations.

Promoting literacy: Hausa is the most widely spoken language in Northern Nigeria, and promoting its use and accessibility through Wikipedia can help improve literacy rates in the region.

Empowering the community: By making Hausa language and culture more accessible through Wikimedia, individuals and communities in Northern Nigeria can feel empowered to share their stories, perspectives, and knowledge on a global platform.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

Translation and localization: One of the primary strategies is to translate and localize existing Wikipedia resources into Hausa language. This will help make these resources more accessible to Hausa-speaking communities in Northern Nigeria, who may not be proficient in other languages such as English. Localizing these resources can also help ensure that they are culturally relevant and sensitive to Hausa culture.

Capacity building and training: Another key strategy is to provide capacity building and training to Hausa-speaking communities on how to contribute to Wikipedia projects.This can include training on digital literacy skills, how to write and edit Wikipedia articles in Hausa language, and how to use Wikimedia Commons to share media content related to Hausa culture.

Community engagement: Engage with local communities and organizations in Northern Nigeria to raise awareness about the importance of Hausa language and culture and to encourage participation in Wikipedia projects. This can involve organizing events and workshops, partnering with local organizations, and creating online forums for discussion and collaboration.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

Content creation: Developing and improving articles on Hausa language, culture, and history on Wikimedia platforms such as Wikipedia, and Wikidata. Creating new multimedia resources such as images, audio, and video content that promote Hausa language and culture.

Capacity building: Providing training and resources to improve digital literacy skills among Hausa-speaking communities in Northern Nigeria. Hosting workshops and training sessions on how to edit and upload content to Wikimedia platforms. Providing resources such as guides and tutorials on how to create and edit Hausa language content on Wikimedia platforms.

Community engagement: Organizing outreach programs and events to promote the use of Wikimedia platforms and the creation of Hausa language content.

Encouraging the participation of Hausa-speaking community members in Wikimedia projects through community engagement and events.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Wiki Loves Africa, WikiGap

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Yes i have the team.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Language, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

This initiative is addressing the content gap by providing a platform for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the Hausa language, which is spoken by over 80 million people in West Africa. The project seeks to address the underrepresentation of Hausa language and culture on the internet and provide a platform for the Hausa-speaking community to share their knowledge and perspectives with the world.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

The target participants for this project would be individuals who speak and understand the Hausa language, especially in Northern Nigeria, where the language is widely spoken. The community would be the Hausa-speaking population in the region, including students, teachers, researchers, and cultural enthusiasts.

Engaging participants: The use of various communication channels, such as social media, email, phone calls, and text messages.It would be helpful to provide clear and concise information about the project, its goals, and the benefits of contributing to Wikipedia in Hausa.

Following up with participants: such as surveys, feedback forms, and interviews, to gather insights into their experiences, feedback, and suggestions for improvement. They could also provide ongoing support and guidance to help participants continue contributing to Wikipedia in Hausa.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

-Providing inclusive and respectful language

  • Avoiding discriminatory language.
  • Promoting a safe and friendly environment.
  • Upholding community guidelines.
  • Continuously learning and improving.
11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

I reached out to them through on-wiki. discussion pages, and social media channels. I've also solicit feedback and suggestions from the community. And making sure to be transparent and responsive throughout the process.


12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

The effectiveness of the proposed activities in engaging participants and increasing the quality and quantity of content on Wikipedia in Hausa language and culture.

The impact of the project on the Hausa community, including their awareness and appreciation of their language and culture, and their ability to access and share knowledge online.

The challenges and barriers faced by participants in contributing to Wikipedia, such as language barriers, technical challenges, or lack of resources, and how to overcome them.

The potential for scalability and sustainability of the project, including how to involve more participants, maintain quality standards, and secure long-term funding and support.

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
User feedback User feedback could be collected through surveys, focus groups, or user testing to understand their experiences with the digitized Hausa language. Feedback could include user satisfaction, ease of use, and perceived impact on their lives. 100
Challenges and barriers The challenges and barriers faced by participants in contributing to Wikipedia, such as language barriers, technical challenges, or lack of resources, and how to overcome them. 50
The impact of the project The impact of the project on the Hausa community, including their awareness and appreciation of their language and culture, and their ability to access and share knowledge online. 50
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Quantity of digitized content: This measures the amount of Hausa language content that has been digitized by participants. It could include the number of books, articles, audio recordings, and video recordings that have been digitized.

Quality of digitized content: This measures the accuracy and completeness of the digitized content. Participants should strive to ensure that the content they digitize is faithful to the original source and free of errors.

Accessibility of digitized content: This measures how easy it is for people to access the digitized content.

Number of editors Accuracy: This measures the extent to which the content is factually correct, free of errors, and follows appropriate style guidelines.

Editors should strive to ensure that the content they edit is accurate and reliable.

Number of organizers Attendance or participation: This measures the number of people who attend an event or participate in a project or campaign. Organizers should track attendance to understand how successful their efforts have been in attracting an audience and engaging them.

Engagement: This measures the extent to which attendees or participants are engaged with the event, project, or campaign.

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A N/A
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

Data on the number and demographics of participants, including their age, gender, education level, and occupation.

Data on the quantity and quality of content created or improved on Wikipedia in the target language and culture, including the number of articles, edits, and citations.

Feedback from participants on their experiences, motivations, and challenges in contributing to Wikipedia, including feedback on the effectiveness of the proposed activities.Data on the impact of the project on the target community, including data on the number of people who access and use Wikipedia in the target language and culture, and feedback on the usefulness and relevance of the content.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

Demographic data: To collect data on the demographics of participants, we could use survey tools such as Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, or Typeform.

Quantity and quality of content: To measure the quantity and quality of content created or improved on Wikipedia, we could use tools such as Wikimedia Statistics, WikiMetrics, or Wikistats.

Feedback from participants: To gather feedback from participants, we could use tools such as Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, or Typeform to create surveys. Impact on the target community: To measure the impact of the project on the target community, we could use tools such as Google Analytics to track traffic to the Wikipedia page in the target language, or use surveys and interviews to collect feedback on the usefulness and relevance of the content. Scalability and sustainability: To measure the scalability and sustainability of the project, we could use tools such as financial tracking software or spreadsheets to track costs and resources, or use stakeholder analysis and network mapping tools to identify potential partnerships and collaborations.

Financial Proposal

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

1890000 NGN

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

4118 USD

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