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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Empowering and Guiding the Wikimedian Editors in Kano State. (ID: 22207297)

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Empowering and Guiding the Wikimedian Editors in Kano State.
proposed start date2024-02-01
proposed end date2024-02-29
budget (local currency)1740000 NGN
budget (USD)2277.72 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• A Sulaiman Z
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

A Sulaiman Z



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Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Empowering and Guiding the Wikimedian Editors in Kano State.

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-02-01 - 2024-02-29

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Not applicable

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

The Change: The change we are aiming to bring through this project is the empowerment and guidance of Wikimedian editors in Kano State. We want to create an environment where editors can thrive, contribute effectively, and increase the quality and quantity of information related to Kano State on Wikimedia projects.

Main Challenges or Problems:

  1. Lack of Awareness and Training: Many potential editors in Kano State are unaware of Wikimedia projects and their potential for contributing knowledge. Additionally, even those who are aware may lack the necessary skills and training to effectively contribute.
  2. Limited Local Content: There is a shortage of locally relevant content about Kano State on Wikimedia projects. This limits the representation of the region's history, culture, and current affairs.
  3. Engagement and Retention: Editors often face challenges in staying motivated and engaged due to a lack of support, community interaction, and recognition for their contributions. This can lead to a decline in active contributors over time.

Approaches to Achieve the Change:

  1. Outreach and Awareness: We will conduct targeted outreach campaigns in Kano State, collaborating with local educational institutions, community organizations, and media outlets. The aim is to raise awareness about Wikimedia projects and their potential for knowledge sharing and collaboration.
  2. Training and Capacity Building: We will organize workshops and training sessions to equip potential editors with the necessary skills to contribute effectively. These sessions will cover topics such as editing basics, reliable sourcing, copyright, and plagiarism.
  3. Content Creation and Improvement: We will actively support and guide editors from Kano State in creating and improving content related to the region. This will involve organizing edit-a-thons, virtual collaborations, and providing resources and mentorship to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the content.
  4. Community Building and Support: We will foster a sense of community among Wikimedian editors in Kano State through regular meetups, online forums, and social media groups. This will create a supportive environment where editors can seek guidance, share experiences, and collaborate on projects.
  5. Recognition and Rewards: To encourage and retain active contributors, we will establish a recognition system that acknowledges the efforts and achievements of editors. This could include highlighting their work on Wikimedia projects, organizing local award ceremonies.

By implementing these approaches, we aim to address the challenges of awareness, training, content scarcity, and community engagement. Ultimately, this project will lead to an empowered and thriving community of Wikimedian editors in Kano State, resulting in a richer and more comprehensive representation of the region's knowledge and culture on Wikimedia projects.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

The following are the planned activities which will be delivered or developed as part of this project and the project will be delivered in three days.

Day 1 *Training Workshop

  • Invite experienced Wikimedians and subject matter experts to participate the workshop and provide interactive sessions and hands-on exercises.
  • Conduct a full-day training workshop focused on essential editing skills for Wikimedian editors in Kano state. Cover topics such as content creation, sourcing, fact-checking, and proper citation techniques.

*Mentorship Program Kick-off

  • Pair experienced Wikimedians with new or less experienced editors in Kano state.
  • Organize an orientation session to introduce mentors and mentees, explain the goals and expectations of the mentorship program, and provide guidance on how to establish effective mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Provide resources and guidelines to mentors and mentees to support their ongoing collaboration throughout the project.
  • Allocate time for Q&A sessions, group discussions, and collaborative editing exercises.

Day 2 *Edit-a-thon

  • Invite Wikimedian editors, subject matter experts, and local community members to participate.
  • Dedicate a day to organizing an edit-a-thon focused on a specific topic relevant to Kano state.
  • Begin the edit-a-thon with an opening session, where the topic is introduced, guidelines for editing are provided, and teams are formed.
  • Facilitate collaborative editing sessions, encourage knowledge sharing, and provide support to participants throughout the day.
  • Conduct periodic check-ins to monitor progress, address questions, and provide guidance.

Day 3 *Outreach and Wrap-up

  • Use the final day for outreach and awareness activities.
  • Deliver presentations highlighting the benefits of contributing to Wikimedia, share success stories, and provide information on how to get involved.
  • Use this day to wrap up the project, reflect on the achievements, and collect feedback from participants.
  • Organize an online sessions to raise awareness about Wikimedia projects and encourage participation.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

Our team consists of four members who are passionate about promoting the Wikimedia projects and increasing awareness about Wikimedia projects in northern Nigeria. All of our team members are volunteers.

  1. A Sulaiman Z, I am responsible for overseeing the project and ensuring that all activities are carried out in accordance with the grant proposal. I have extensive experience in project management and I previously participated on several Wikimedia projects'events in Northern Nigeria.
  2. Gwanki , is responsible for coordinating the content creation process and ensuring that all articles are high quality and reliable, . He is an administrator at Hausa Wikipedia and has experience in community outreach in Kano state.
  3. Yusuf Sa'adu, is responsible for coordinating outreach activities and engaging with local organizations and community members to raise awareness about the project. He is an administrator at Hausa Wikipedia and has experience in community outreach and has previously worked on several Wikimedia projects in Northern Nigeria.
  4. M Bash Ne, is responsible for coordinating social media activities and promoting the project on various platforms.

All team members are active members of the Wikimedia community in Nigeria and are committed to promoting open knowledge in the society.

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? (required)

Our target participants are primarily the Wikimedian Editors from Kano State and the Kano community in Nigeria who are interested in learning more about Wikimedia and contributing to the projects. We will also engage with local organizations and community groups who are interested in promoting their skills and open knowledge.

We plan to engage participants before the activities by reaching out to local organizations and community groups and promoting the project on social media platforms. We will also use targeted outreach strategies to connect with the community who may be interested in participating.

During the activities, we will provide training and support to the participants to help them learn how to edit Wikimedia and create high-quality articles. We will also provide mentorship and support to help participants build their editing skills and contribute to the Wikimedian projects with confidence.

After the activities, we will follow up with participants to gather feedback on their experience and provide ongoing support and mentorship to help them continue contributing to Wikimedia projects. We will also encourage participants to join the local Wikimedia community in Nigeria and connect with other Wikimedia editors in the region. We plan to maintain an open line of communication with participants to offer ongoing support and answer any questions they may have about editing Wikimedian projects.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

The project team engaged with local organizations and individuals who are existing Wikimedian Editors in Kano state and received feedback. They also reached out to the Hausa Wikimedians User Group WhatsApp Group and other communities in the region for collaboration.

To involve the community in the planning process, the project team were discussed with Wikimedian Editors in Kano state to better understand their needs and concerns regarding editing skills and representation on Wikimedian projects.

The project team documented all community engagement activities and discussions on the Hausa Wikimedian User Group on Discussion page of relevant articles on Wikipedia. They shared updates and progress reports on the Wikimedia Foundation's grant proposal review system, where they received feedback and suggestions from the broader Wikimedia community.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)


14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Improve User Experience

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

In this project, I hope to learn and gain insights into the following areas:

  1. What are the key challenges and barriers faced by Wikimedian editors in Kano state?, By understanding the specific challenges faced by Wikimedian editors, we can tailor our support and guidance to address these issues effectively.
  2. How can we enhance the skills and knowledge of Wikimedian editors in Kano state ?, By identifying the areas where editors require additional training or support, we can develop targeted workshops or mentoring programs to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  3. What strategies are most effective in fostering collaboration and community engagement among Wikimedian editors in Kano state?, By exploring different strategies and approaches, we can identify the most effective methods for fostering collaboration, building a sense of community, and encouraging sustained engagement among Wikimedian editors.
  4. How does empowering and guiding Wikimedian editors contribute to the growth and quality of Wikimedia content in Kano state?, By examining the impact of our project on the quantity and quality of Wikimedia content specific to Kano state, we can assess the broader value and significance of empowering and guiding Wikimedian editors.
  5. What are the best practices and lessons learned that can be shared with other Wikimedia communities?, By documenting the experiences, challenges, and successes of our project, we can contribute to a body of knowledge that can be shared with other Wikimedia communities, enabling them to replicate our approach or adapt it to their specific contexts.

By answering these learning questions and collecting relevant data throughout the project, we aim to gain insights that will inform our future initiatives, improve our strategies, and contribute to the growth and effectiveness of the Wikimedia community in Kano state.

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 50
Number of editors 35
Number of organizers 4
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 100
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 50
Wiktionary 50
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

I will use WMF outreach dashboard to measure each metrics.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

1740000 NGN

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

2277.72 USD

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  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
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  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).