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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/GIJ Editathon Series (ID: 22022957)

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statusNot funded
GIJ Editathon Series
proposed start date2023-01-31
proposed end date2022-06-30
budget (local currency)34660 GHS
budget (USD)2406.09 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Nimot123
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.




Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Global Open Initiative Foundation and LUCG Wikimedia Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

GIJ Editathon Series

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.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

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

Ghana Institute of Journalism is a Ghanaian higher institution. It's almost 60 years old and has no Wiki Club or community. This project will introduce new editors and volunteers from the institution to Wikipedia and Wikidata, as well as provide them with information about the movement. Because the institution is 90% dominated by women, this initiative will concentrate on articles about gender, ethnicity, religion, and culture.

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

Our primary strategy for this project will be capacity building. We will hold six offline training events on campus, which will be organized by the institution's SRC leaders. Participants will receive training in everything from Wikipedia and Wikidata fundamentals to quality editing. The emphasis of these articles will be on the items, appearance, style, categories, references, size, hyperlinks, headers, and subheadings of the article.

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

We hope to teach at least 180 students, the majority of whom will be women, how to edit Wikipedia pages and submit objects to Wikidata. We'll also teach them how to stay active in the Wikimedia movement, such as how to communicate with the Ghanaian Wikimedia community and the movement's various campaigns and other worldwide efforts. This is critical for increasing interest and participation in the cause. We plan to explain the movement and its platforms at the first event, begin Wikipedia training at the second, hold a full-fledged Wikipedia editathon at the third, an introduction to Wikidata at the fourth, a full-fledged Wikidata editathon at the fifth, and conclude the project with a contest. To bridge the gender gap in content, we will prioritize female and political stories.

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.

Not applicable

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

The event will be organized by the institution's student representative council (SRC) leadership. They will handle all logistics necessary to ensure the event's success. I will be the event facilitator, and my colleague User:Lamalif will be in charge of content curation and technical support during the trainings.

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, Geography, 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.

Participants will be editing articles about female athletes, religious leaders, diplomats, and educators, among others.

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?

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Age

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 students at the institution are our intended audience for this endeavor. Everyone is included, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic group. Before the first event, SRC executives will raise awareness and sensitize students by disseminating leaflets and banners, as well as sharing anecdotes from experienced editors. We intend to keep participants engaged after the events by mentoring them through personal editing and curating other articles for them to improve or create in their spare time.

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

We will provide a friendly space policy in our registration form for people who wish to engage in our events. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated.

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.

The SRC and institution have been adequately informed about the movement and our planned activities due to the nature of this project. I also contacted the LUCG Wikimedia Community team about it, and We intend to share resources such as Internet routers and facilitators if necessary.

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. How have the participants' perceptions of Wikipedia altered as a result of their participation in our activities?

2. What factors pushed them to stay connected and possibly contribute more actively? What factors function as hurdles?
3. Do new editors have the necessary skills? What type of training and support was most/least helpful in developing these skills?
4. How many individuals continue to edit following the events/activities?
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
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 180
Number of editors 170
Number of organizers The SRC will be the main organizers of the events. 2
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 200
Wikidata N/A 200
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

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.

Program and Outreach Dashboard Google Forms

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

34660 GHS

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

2406.09 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.


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  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • 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).