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- 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.
- Open Foundation West Africa
- Wikimedia Ghana User Group
- Global Open Initiative Foundation
- Ghanaian Pidgin Wikimedians Community
- Dagbani Wikimedians User Group
- Gurene Wikimedia Community
- Fante Wikimedians Community
- M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.
Ghanaian Languages Meetup
- 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.
- https://www.dagbaniwikimedians.org (Dagbani Wikimedians User Group)
- https://web.facebook.com/dagbaniwikimedians (Dagbani Wikimedians User Group)
- https://mobile.twitter.com/fantecommunity (Fante Wikimedians Community)
- https://twitter.com/Gurenewikimedia (Gurene Wikimedians Community)
- https://twitter.com/Ghpidginwiki/ (Ghanaian Pidgin Wikimedians Community)
- https://mobile.twitter.com/moore_wikimedia(Moore Wikimedia Community)
- 1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.
- To unite Wikimedians working on the language Wikipedias in Ghana: Most Ghanaians who contribute to the local languages have similar challenges and bringing them together will give them a sense of belonging and boost their confidence in digitizing their languages to prevent it from going into extinction and also closing up the digital divide that keeps people disconnected from the internet because of language barriers.
- To learn from the various communities in Ghana: Every community has its strengths and weaknesses and bringing all the language Wikimedia communities together will provide fertile ground for brainstorming on how to better stand out the language platforms and also learn from the others what has worked and what did not work. And also, every community has a special skill and experience so bringing these communities together would help us learn from one another skills such as community development, volunteer retention, leadership development, and others.
- To recruit new volunteers: meetups provide avenues for creating awareness about the existence of Wikimedia volunteers which attract the attention of the general public hence leading to the recruitment of more volunteers.
- 2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.
- Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement
- Improve User Experience
- Ensure Equity in Decision-making
- Coordinate Across Stakeholders
- Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
- Identify topics for Impact
- Innovate in Free Knowledge
- 3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
- We will be involving different communities and focus on connecting all the languages, bringing all the Wikimedia language communities together to learn from each other, share our challenges and success stories, and create partnership opportunities for future collaborations.
- Additionally, this event will create an avenue for the communities to learn from each other. Volunteers will have the opportunity to network and celebrate our achievements over the years.
- The event will be organized in person in Tamale for two days (Friday and Saturday). Some important sessions will be streamed live to YouTube channels for online participants. We have chosen Tamale because more than half of the language communities in Ghana are based in and around Tamale, which means we will be able to bring more people to the event without the need to pay more for transport and accommodation considering the scope of the budget.
- 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.
Other (please specify)
- 5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
- Project Coordinator: DaSupremo, Project Coordinator for the Ghanaian Pidgin Community, and translator
- Logistic manager: Xibitgh, an experienced and long-time volunteer and Ruky Wunpini, an experienced organizer and volunteer
- Language leads: Dnshitobu, Co-lead for the Gurene Wikimedia Community, an experienced Wikimedian providing technical services, and a translator
- Advisory role: Sadik Shahadu, Executive Director of the Dagbani Wikimedians User Group, core organizer of Mozfest festivals since 2019, West African Language Coordinator, Core organizer of WikiIndaba 2015, and an experienced event planner and manager for Art + Feminism
- Communication: Robertjamal12, Project coordinator for the Fante Wikimedia Community, Community Communication Specialist and Awinebotima, an experienced organizer and volunteer
- 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, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), 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.
Our focus is primarily on language communities who come from different religions, and ethnicities, spread across Ghana that are underrepresented in cyberspace and are typically people on the periphery of social class and status, but with this meetup, everyone is treated equally and can freely share their opinions on important topics that matter to us in the movement. It would also allow women share their experiences with fellow women in order to attract more women to the movement.
- 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 , Advocacy, Diversity
- 8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?
Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status, Age, 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 are Ghanaian language Wikimedians and other potential contributors (new volunteers). We would send a survey through Google Forms to the various language communities in Ghana. We would ask for their personal information (name, telephone number, Wikimedia username). We would set up a WhatsApp platform and add them to the group for future engagements. After the event, we would send a survey to ask for their feedback for the event and subsequent events. We will also be engaging the general public via all our social media handles, especially the participating language communities.
- 10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?
We would ensure all participants adhere to the WMF Friendly Space Policy by reminding them before, during and after the meetup
- 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 following Wikimedia communities have been informed:
- Dagbani Wikimedians User Group (https://w.wiki/6Gqg)
- Open Foundation West Africa (https://w.wiki/6Gqi)
- Ghanaian Pidgin Wikimedians Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqj)
- Wikimedia Ghana User Group (https://w.wiki/6Gqk)
- Gurene Wikimedians Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqm)
- Fante Wikimedians Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqn)
- Wikimedians of Twi Language User Group (https://w.wiki/6Gqo)
- Kusaal Wikimedia Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqp)
- Dagaare Wikimedia Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqr)
- Moore Wikimedia Community (https://w.wiki/6Gqt)
- Global Open Initiative (https://w.wiki/6Gqu)
- Ewe Wikimedians Community Ghana (https://w.wiki/6Gq$)
- 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?
- 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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion
Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation
- 15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?
- The goal is to strengthen the community, improve collaboration and communication, and drive progress toward the mission of the Wikimedia movement. In details:
- Project update: We hope to learn about the current projects of the various communities and how they are working around the implementation of the 2030 movement strategies.
- Knowledge sharing: We will learn to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills among the volunteers to improve collaboration and productivity.
- Community dynamics: We will observe the interactions and relationships between the volunteers and gather insights into their motivations and perspectives
- Networking: We hope to learn about the available opportunities for volunteers and create rooms for network and forming new partnerships.
- 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
|Number of participants
|Total number of participants for the event (60 in person and 60 online participants)
- 17. Core quantitative metrics.
|Number of participants
|Total number of participants for the event (60 in person and 60 online participants)
|Number of editors
|Number of organizers
|Project Coordinator: DaSupremo
- 17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.
It is a meetup we would not be measuring metrics.
- 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.
- Google Forms - for contact information and feedback
- Google Sheet - for registration
- Etherpad - for taking notes
- Jamboard - ideation and brainstorming
- 19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.
- 19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?
- 20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.
- We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.
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