Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Introducing Wikipedia to Fante Wikimedia Community (ID: 21884534)

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Introducing Wikipedia to Fante Wikimedia Community
proposed start date2022-07-11
proposed end date2022-08-26
grant start date2022-07-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-09-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)22700 GHS
budget (USD)3000.03 USD
amount recommended (USD)3000.03
grant typeIndividual
funding regionMEA
decision fiscal year2021-22
applicant• Robertjamal12
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.

Ebenoffen1 Lynessa Ofori Leonard Nketsia



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.

Wikimedia Ghana User Group Fante Wikimedia Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Introducing Wikipedia to Fante Wikimedia Community

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.

Fante is spoken by at least 2 million people in Ghana and but only a few know about Wikipedia and its sister projects. Our recent project ( was targeted at localizing the Fante Wikipedia incubator on translatewiki and participants were eager to learn more and contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects. This project will introduce and recruit new editors and also engage new editors of the newly Fante Wikimedia community ( to Wikipedia and its sister projects and encourage them to contribute to their local wiki which is the Fante Wikipedia Incubator.

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

This project aims at building the capacity of the community members by organizing 3 in-person training workshops and 3 online for new and existing editors of the community. Fante is spoken by at least 2 million people in Ghana. It is principally spoken in the central and southern regions of Ghana as well as in settlements in other regions in western Ghana and so this approach is chosen to recruit and train new editors and also to improve the retention rate of new and experienced editors who joined the community

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

The Fante Wikimedia Community have completely translated the Most Used MediaWiki statements and some gadgets into fante. In view of that, we will like to organize 3 workshops for the three different units of people leaving in different Cities (Cape Coast, Takoradi and Accra) since it's a cultural group with diverse and wide settlements.

The training is to be organized two times; one in-person workshop and an online reinforcement training for each of the 3 three cities to properly equip them with the needed skills about how to edit on Wikipedia, wikidata and Wikimedia commons.

These strategies are adopted because these community members are still very new to Wikimedia projects and the in-person workshop would help encourage them to join the world of openness. After which, we would be sure to get good results with online trainings.

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)

Creating Awareness about Wikimedia Projects

Training New Editors on how to contribute local content to Wikipedia and Wikipedia Common Creating a group of Wikimedia Editors

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


Eben (Ebenoffen1): Fante Language Professional and Teacher, an active contributor to the Fante Wikipedia incubator and translatewiki, he will co-facilitate

Lynessa (Lynessa Ofori): Experienced editor, an active contributor on the translatewiki and Fante Language professional, she will provide general support to tasks leads, co-facilitate training, communications, etc.

Nketsiah (Leonard Nketsia) ; Fante Language Professional and Teacher and an active contributor on the translatewiki, He will co-facilitate training, strategy and Logistics

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.

The contents of the programme will prioritize bridging the information gap and language barrier by documenting them on the English and Fante Wikipedia. Again, the content on men against women is vast which means that we have a lot of women who have reckoned forces with men but are not represented on line and we seek to change that narrative. Our recent project hosted over 20 females

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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy, Diversity

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language

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 the Fante people (natives) and anyone who can contribute in Fante and also engage members from the Fante Wikimedia Community

We will communicate through our existing Whatsapp and telegram platforms as well as other social media platforms. We wish to apply the strategies below to retain participants after the proposal is implemented:

Collecting usernames and contact information via feedback forms Adding people to (optional!) mailing lists or social media groups identifying the most prolific, knowledgeable, and motivated contributors and inviting them to future events. New participants will be added to the existing WhatsApp/Telegram group to continue discussions

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

We will make sure to follow Wikimedia friendly space policy.

  • By making sure we assume good to others in terms of contributions and opinion.
  • Our doors will be very much open for any volunteer that want to participate in the grant and we will provide all the support we can to make sure they have been taken care of in order and the best possible way we can.
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 have informed the following communities

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

Best methods for effectively training new Fante Community members to become active Wikidata and Wikipedia editors.

Create community awareness about Wikimedia projects

Manage existing partnerships and establish new ones.

New editors and existing editors have the required skills and motivation to continue editing

Community is aware that there are different ways to contribute to Wikimedia and are interested in doing so.

New/existing editors have the skills and motivation necessary to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects

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 Volunteer editors to meet up 60
Number of editors Editors who will be retained and continue active editing the during the period 20
Number of organizers Groups of people to work with 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Incubator The articles created or improved on the Fante language incubator 60
Wikidata The items created or improved 60
Wikimedia Commons The media files uploaded to commons 30
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 Events Dashboard and Wikimedia Hashtag Tools

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

22700 GHS

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

3000.03 USD

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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  • 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.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • 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).