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Hausa Wiktionary Wikipedians 2024 First Half Proposal of Activities
proposed start date2024-01-15
proposed end date2024-07-16
grant start date2024-01-22T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-07-23T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)3670000 NGN
budget (USD)4589.74 USD
amount recommended (USD)3647.53
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Abubakr1111
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




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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.

Hausa Wiktionary Wikipedians 2024 First Half Proposal of Activities

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

2024-01-15 - 2024-07-16

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)

Other (please specify) Hausa Wiktionary Wikipedians 2024 First Half Proposal of Activities

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)

Language is, in fact, the foundation of every culture. Language is an abstract system of words meanings and symbols for all aspects of culture (Shaefer 2006). Language as a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved. Hausa Wiktionary could serve as a means of mass media literacy with the recent introduction of New Education Policy in Nigeria, primary education in mother tongue is getting it foot. After making a critical reflection regards to our implemented projects, we saw the need to build on the processes established, the focus of this project is to make a future plan and trajectory that will enable and support us achieved a variety of goals, as a growing community we believe longer plan activities would be much applicable to our context. The plan is tailored toward enhancing logistic support, mitigate cost of data to participants, transportation cost to events which will enable participants to share skills in a mutual manner and within an academic environment, this will bolster their motivation and interest, for a sustainable editors retention of Hausa Wiktionary Volunteers, and boost our Outreach activities.

* Our primary strategy from previous completed project was  collaborating with academic institutions an  Wikimedia user group  affiliates that work in tandem with our course, and to utilize Wiktionary as a resource tool in academic endeavors. Our partnership with  Hausa Language Department of Kaduna State University and the support from NCPUG has giving us a head-start and has yielded a positive impact.  We envision to establish  editing hub of Hausa Wiktionary on the Campus. As  number of content created is sluggishly before with poor quality contents and lack of citations, such trend has change,  we intend keep up the tempo.
  • Empowering community members by enhancing their skills and contributions, increase retention rates, attract more interest from the academic community and encouraging consistent engagement among new and experienced editors in content creation, curation in this six months project. Through this a greater amount of content will be created that is both reliable, and worth encyclopedic. We plan to introduce the community members to various Wikimedia initiatives, broadening their knowledge on other contribution opportunities. As we have already establish a tradition of creating words with audio pronunciations and link images to applicable words, fully references, categorization and we shall engage participants to at least make curation to words without citation or partially created to 90% and going forward words created without references will be automatically deleted by Admins.
  • We plan to execute the following articles improvement in Wiktionary but no limited.

Etymology section will be created in subsequent words created and improved in existing ones, this will help learners, readers of Hausa Wiktionary to know the sources and development of Hausa words. Another curation to be carried out include improvement of homography words, a lot of Hausa words have similar spelling but differ in pronunciation and meaning, the Word "Gado" mean Inheritance and also Bed, its through proper definition and audio pronunciations in Hausa Wiktionary these category of words in Hausa Wiktionary will be properly understood.

  • Part of the vision is to introduce and train the existing editors on uploading free license images to Wikimedia commons, images to prioritize is those depicting places, things and symbols and link to Wiktionary. participants of the project will be train on wikidata, how to describe words in their language, words will be added to improve lexemes in wikidata.
  • We plan to view participants opinion on the quality, reliability of words that are existing In Hausa Wiktionary, what points they felt were strong or weak and how to improve them. Such as grammatical structures, definitions, genders/classes, noun plural forms. To investigate and discover opinions, studying these will allow for the implementation of significant words improvements and reader experience. We would like to ascertain level of pages views and readers views on Hausa Wiktionary at the end of the project. The following categories words will be used as a case study.


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.

We are dedicated to furthering community engagement and introducing new Wikimedia initiatives and building on the success of community members who contributed in uplifting Hausa Wiktionary before. To achieve this, we are arranging a series of in-person refresher trainings/meet-up that will actively involve our community. These workshops both in-person and online, are designed to equip participants with Wikimedia projects and provide essential training.

The in-person/meetups workshops are scheduled across three events in six months and will take place in Language Laboratory Faculty of Arts Kaduna State University. Additionally, we have planned six schedule online events to facilitate project discussions, provide insights into upcoming developments, and offer assistance. The scheduled is for them to carry out assignment/task, participate in online courses and participate in in-person events. Mentorship and support will also be provided to community members through team leaders who will guide and assist them in contributing efficiently to Hausa Wiktionary using resources such as brochure and guidelines.

The final 4 weeks shall be used organize a contest. which will cover two Wikimedia projects referred to in this proposal i. e. Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons. Winners will be announce after the four weeks, gift vouchers and certificates will be awarded for their relentless contribution.

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.

Abubakr1111 (Facilitator) Admin in Hausa Wiktionary and event organizer will lead this project.

Salisu Adamu: Admin in Hausa Wiktionary will be in charge of planning of the project and organizing, delivering training sessions.

Fatyutea0803505: An active contributor in Hausa Wiktionary. Will support and assist during in-person events and communication to all participants both online and offline. Anasskoko:Project lead on training users on audio files and images upload in Wikimedia commons and how to link the audio files in Wiktionary.

Musa Vacho77: Facilitator on training participants on wikimedia commons and sessions on wikidata

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)

We shall identify most active, motivated, and knowledgeable contributors and invite them to this future project and events, providing them with opportunities to take on leadership roles within the community. We will add new participants to the existing WhatsApp/Telegram group to encourage continued discussions and collaborations. The target participants are existing members from the Hausa Wiktionary community, and anyone from Hausa community who can contribute will be engage. New volunteers recruited from the Hausa Language Department of Kaduna state University as we encourage learning and sharing knowledge among existing editors and newbies.

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.

We discussed the idea and deliberate on the Hausa Wiktionary community WhatsApp group. https://ha.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:Babban_shafi#Hausa_Wiktionary_Wikipedians_2024_First_Half_Proposal_of_Activities And the discussions about possible collaborations with Nigerian commons photographers’ user group were through phone call and we discuss the idea in wiki sound campaign WhatsApp group with members.https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Nigerian_Commons_Photographers_User_Group#Hausa_Wiktionary_Wikipedians_2024_First_Half_Proposal_of_Activities

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)


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)

Linguistic / Language

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

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

-Did we strengthen capacity and support to volunteers in our community?

  • Did we manage the established partnerships for sustainability?
  • Did new and existing editors have the skills and motivation to continue contributing to Hausa Wiktionary and Wikimedia projects?
  • Did we successfully assess the quality of content generated and outcomes utilized?
  • Did we improve the credibility, reliability of Hausa Wiktionary to serve as an educational tool?
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 100 We hope to reach at least 100 participants from the student and staff community of the campus.
Number of editors 40 We hope to engage 30 existing editors and 10 more from the student and staff of the university community.
Number of organizers 5 We plan to have three organizers for Wiktionary session, and two organizers for the wikimedia commons and Wikidata training sessions.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 1000
Wikidata 200
Wiktionary 1000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

Number of new words to be created 1000 and target of 500 words to be improved. Wikidata items would be touched, we anticipate that about 200 Wiktionary words entries are added in wikidata. Training sessions on how to edit Wikimedia Commons and new editors would be guided through how to upload both images/audio multimedia files and link to Wiktionary.

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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Wiktionary Target of 500 improved 500
Wikimedia Commons Target of 100 Photos uplaod 100
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)

We will make use of outreach dashboard and WMF Hashtags to monitor, track users contributions (Number of words created and improved) Glamorous Tool to track number of audio/images uploaded/used in Wiktionary.

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)

3670000 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.

4589.74 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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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).