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Let’s Connect Peer Learning Program in Tanzania
proposed start date2022-08-30
proposed end date2023-03-30
grant start date2022-08-30T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-03-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)5787586 TZS
budget (USD)1825 USD
amount recommended (USD)1825
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Justine Msechu
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)
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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Justine Msechu

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

1:Hussein m mmbaga 2:Mohamed mfuu 3:Anuary Rajabu 4:Siwema Nikini 5:Brenda Philbert 6:Super8 Devs 7:Brayson Mushi 8:Kelvin-Meena 9:Abubakari Sixberth


Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)

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.

1:Wikimedia Community User Group Kilimanjaro 2:Wikimedians of Arusha User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Let’s Connect Peer Learning Program in Tanzania

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.

The proposal seeks to provide financial and logistical support for 15 that are active Wikimedians in Tanzania to learn and share skills through the Let’s Connect Peer Learning program.

Let’s Connect is a peer learning program that creates an open and safe learning space for any wikimedian to share and/or learn different skills: Organisational issues and access to funds, Programme tactics, Interpersonal skills, Skills related to Wikimedia projects. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yCwvXhNVda5fIHfNr9xKx8l1tAbWD99trYAz2LMXtUY/edit ) Click here to see the full list of skills that are included in the Program. We hope that by participating in Let’s Connect, we will be contributing to Movement Strategy around sharing knowledge, building skills, people-centeredness and solidarity. We hope to promote a learning culture and environment that is adaptable to our context and regional dynamics and fits into our communities availability, workload, needs, and contextual diversity. By participating we also hope to make visible capacities in communities that are sometimes not visible. With this proposal we hope to support participants so that they can participate in Let’s Connect learning spaces, by covering some logistical costs to participate that may act as barriers. These include aspects such as connectivity, access to computers or phones, and the time to dedicate to this. Beyond this, it also seeks to provide peer support so that participants feel confidence and safety to learn and share in diverse spaces.

The people that will be benefiting from this proposal are largely associated with the following user groups Wikimedia Community User Group Kilimanjaro and Wikimedians of Arusha User Group. The way in which we hope to provide this support is by: 1:We will Transfer a set amount of money to participants per session wich is 46000Tsh or $20 dollars 2:

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

1Participation in Learning Clinics: these Learning clinics are 2h live workshop-like sessions to learn, share and practice skills. It is often required that participants take some time to review material beforehand which takes approximately 1 hour of their time and also to engage with learning material after the session which may take a minimum of 3 hours of their time. With this proposal we hope that each participant will be part of at least 3 learning clinics organised within Let’s Connect, either directly by the working group or other community members that are part of the program. 2:1:1 connections (Coffees and Teas). With this proposal we hope that each participant will be part of at least 3 1:1 connections according to the skills they are interested in developing and/or sharing with peers. The 1:1 connections can be facilitated by the Let’s Connect Working Group or proactively made through the Let’s Connect Skills Directory. It requires initial preparation of minimum 1 hour to review material, a 1.5 hour live call, and also a minimum of 1.5 h follow-up learning material. 3:Organizing Learning Clinics. We hope to organise 1 or 2 learning clinics open to participants in Kilimanjaro Tanzania. These learning clinics will be organised according to the skills that participants want to develop and where we feel able to share our experiences and skills as a group of individuals or user groups. We will take some time to determine the specific topic of these clinics, collaborating with the Let’s Connect Working group to support us in defining the topic, the clinic structure and learning dynamics and evaluation tools. 4:We will be organizing one Learning Clinic in the last trimestre of 2022 and one in the first trimestre of 2023, however this may change due to any logistical or community dynamics that may arise.

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

Here is a summary of the details of activities for each strategy. Strategy 1: Learning Clinics Target participants: 15 Activities: Organise logistical support so that participants can actively be part of Learning Clinics orgniased by the Let’s Connect workgroup or directly by other community members. Time dedication: approximately 6 hours per learning clinic per participant. Number of sessions: each participant should participate in at least 3 clinics during the period of this grant. Investments: Logistical support.

Strategy 2: 1:1 connections (coffees/teas) Target participants: 15 Activities: Organise logistical support so that participants can actively be part of 1:1 connections orgniased by the Let’s Connect workgroup or directly by participants through the use of the skills directory and the forms to request to learn and share with a peer. Time dedication: approximately 6 hours per learning clinic per participant. Number of sessions: each participant should participate in at least 3 1:1 connections during the period of this grant. Investments: Logistical support and time dedication to participate.

Strategy 3: Learning Clinics Target participants: 30 Activities*: Organise the Learning Clinic. This involves activities such as: Preparation: Determining the topic/skill to share Defining Let’s Connect participants to invite and organising the registration form Designing the Learning Clinic session structure and learning outcomes Organising the invites and interpretation services (if needed) Organising any pre-session material to review and sending them to registered participants. Communicating the Learning Clinic Inviting any interesting experiences (case studies) within Wikimedian communities or outside organisations, to share during the session as part of the learning dynamic.

Send a follow-up evaluation survey to participants

  • All of these activities will be done in coordination with the Let’s Connect working group.
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)

Let’s Connect Peer Learning program
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Yes, the individual or group presenting this proposal are active Wikimedians that are part of Let’s Connect. We will also be supported by 1:Justine Msechu(facilitator) 2:Kelvin Charles (program manager) 3:Hussein m mmbaga. (supporter)

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.

Not applicable

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.

This project is not focused on generating content for Wikimedia projects, but rather developing skills that may lead to volunteer capacity to address knowledge gaps in terms of contents.

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.

Not applicable

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

Gender Identity, Disabilities, 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?

For strategies 1 and 2 this fund will be supporting participants who are Wikimedians that are currently registered with Let’s Connect, or will register as part of our communications and engagement efforts.

The participants currently register are: 1:https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Let%27s_Connect_Profile/Jastin_Msechu 2:https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Let%27s_Connect_Profile/Kelvin_Charles_Meen and new wikimedians in let's connect program who will be registered soon are: 1:Hussein m mmbaga 2:Anuary Rajabu 3:Frank kisamo 4:Siwema Nikini 5:Aysher norman 6:Suzann mollel 7:Kelvin Philipo 8:Brenda Philbert 9:Gift mshana 10:Brayson Mushi 11:Abubakari Sixberth 12:Bryson Kweka 13:Mohamed mfuu 14:Carren loy

For strategy 3: we will be working with the Let’s Connect working group to define other Let’s Connect participants within our region or globally, that may be interested in the skills/topics that the Learning Clinics we will develop so that we can invite them to register for the Clinic and participate.

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

We are going to promote the Let’s Connect learning culture in all the spaces participants benefited from this proposal participate in and also develop a friendly space policy for the Learning Clinics we organise. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Knowledge_Sharing/Connect#Fomenting_the_%E2%80%9CLet's_Connect%E2%80%9D_environment_and_culture ​​

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.

We have communicated Let’s Connect to some of our community members via Emails and also we have whatsapp and telegram group.

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?
Involving more Let’s Connect participants in this joint proposal will allow us to find cost/efficient solutions for supporting logiscial and financial needs and coordinate our participation efforts. We will also have a joint learning and evaluation process to be able to share these findings with the Let’s Connect working group and the Movement as a whole.
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.

we are planning to work with different organisation especially university like JR INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY located in Arusha and other University and schools in Kilimanjaro. All this partner will give as venue to host inparsonal events

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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

We would like to gather data to help us answer some of these key questions that are related to the desired outcomes of this proposal: Are participants engaged with Let’s Connect and interested in continuing to participate? Do they feel that it is a safe and inclusive learning environment? Are the opportunities the program offers and the processes clear for participants? Are participants learning and sharing skills that can be applied to their Wikimedian activities? Are we building collective capacities that can further support Wikimedian communities in our context? Is the support offered through this funding helping to reduce barriers to participate in language spaces? Are there any existing barriers? Are the learning methods adequate for participants' needs and interests?

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
% of participants that feel engaged with the program, are interested in continuing and are clear about the opportunities that it can offer and feel that they are supported to participate. This will be analysed through a survey and semi-structured interview with participants to measure a number of factors, such as engagement, feeling of safety and inclusion, clarity about the process, amongst other factors. This will include any other learning from what processes can be improved to further support engagement and continued participation. This will be shown in a report that captures this qualitative data. N/A
% of participants that have applied the skills learned to their Wikimedia work. This will be analysed through the same survey and semi-structured interview with participants to measure some of the learning outcomes and how they are applying this in practice. N/A
% of general community members that value the program and see this as a way of strengthening the wide Wikimedia community. This will be analysed through a community-wide survey to gather insights from community members associated with local user groups and user group staff or board to see how participation in this program contributes to wider capacity-building and organizational goals. N/A
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 15 15
Number of editors
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
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.

The tools that will be used will be: 1:Let’s Connect general participants’ evaluation survey 2:Let’s Connect semi-structured interview for participants 3:Let’s Connect Learning Clinic evaluation survey 4:Registration of participants in Learning Clinics and 1:1 connections. This registration will be monitored by the group responsible for this project with the support of the Let’s Connect Working group.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

5787586 TZS

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

1825 USD

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