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Malayalam Wikimedia Educational Program
proposed start date2023-06-28
proposed end date2023-08-18
grant start date2023-07-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-09-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)388105.58 INR
budget (USD)3724.27 USD
amount recommended (USD)4730
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Akbarali
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.

Erfanebrahimsait Ranjithsiji Sufyanmdr AdilakvS



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.

Yes,Wikimedians of Kerala

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Malayalam Wikimedia Educational Program

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 change I am trying to bring about through these Wikimedia workshops is to promote open knowledge and access to information among students and teachers of different districts of Kerala, India. The main challenge I am trying to solve is the lack of awareness about open knowledge and its benefits, and the incrase the number of Wikimedia editors.

By organizing these workshops, I hope to encourage students and teachers to contribute to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, which can help improve the quality and accessibility of information in local languages. I also aim to provide training and support for using Wikimedia tools, which can help students and teachers develop digital literacy and critical thinking skills.

The importance of this change has been assessed through previous successful Wikimedia workshops and events conducted in Kerala and other parts of the world. These events have helped to increase the number of active contributors to Wikimedia projects, improve the quality of information available, and enhance the visibility of Malayalam local language content.

In conclusion, the Wikimedia workshops I am planning to organize in Kerala aim to promote open knowledge and access to information among students and teachers, with the hope of creating a more informed and equitable society.

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

1. Provide engaging content: One of the key challenges in promoting open knowledge is making it engaging to the target audience. To make the workshops effective, it is important to provide content that is relevant and interesting for our participants. This could include topics related to local history and other areas of interest to the participants.

2. Build capacity through training and support: To encourage students and teachers to contribute to Wikimedia projects, it is important to provide them with the necessary training and support. This could include hands-on training in using Wikimedia tools, workshops on how to write and edit Wikipedia articles, and ongoing support from experienced editors.
3.Promote the workshops effectively: Effective promotion of the workshops is essential to ensure that they reach the target audience. This could involve a range of strategies, including social media promotion, targeted and personalized communication, and outreach to local media daily
4. Measure and evaluate impact: Measuring and evaluating the impact of the workshops is essential to determine their effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. This could involve tracking the number of active contributors to Wikimedia projects using https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

1. To provide engaging content, we will be identify and listing the topics that are relevant and interesting for the target audience. For this a online survey will be conducted and will collect feedback to continuously improve the quality of the content.

2. To build capacity through training and support, hands-on training in using Wikimedia tools and platforms such as Wikipedia and Wikidata will be provided. And will conduct workshops on how to write and edit Wikipedia articles, with a focus on best practices and guidelines.
3. Promote the workshops effectively: To promote the events institutional announcements will be used in addition to social media posts and online communication. And the event will be conducted in collaborated with Wikimedians of Kerala User group.
4. To Measure and evaluate impact, we will use outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org to track the number of active contributors to Wikimedia projects.And we also conduct surveys and collect feedback from participants to evaluate the impact of the workshops.
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.

Wiki Loves Monuments, WikiGap

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

Yes. I have the experienced volunteer team to organize these workshops. Their names and roles are following. Abdullanafih

Erfanibrarhim, who has a Wikimedia username of @Erfanebrahimsait , is a trainer for Wikipedia. Erfanebrahimsait has been an active Wikipedia editor for over 7 years and has extensive experience in writing and editing Wikipedia articles. He has also conducted several workshops on Wikipedia editing in the past in collges and universities in Kerala.

Akbarali, who has a Wikimedia username of @Akbarali, is a trainer for Wikidata. Akbarali has been an active contributor to Wikidata for over 10 years and has experience in creating and editing data items on Wikidata. He has also conducted several workshops on Wikidata and Wikipedia in the past.

Ranjith Siji, who has a Wikimedia username of @Ranjithsiji, is a trainer for Wikimedia Commons. Ranjith has been an active contributor to Wikimedia Commons for over 10 years and has experience in uploading images and media files to Wikimedia Commons. He has also conducted several workshops on Wikimedia Commons in the past.

Abdulla Nafih is a facilitator who will be responsible for conducting events in colleges in the Malappuram district. Hi is also a Wikimedia editor, he has link with various educational institutions of Kerala and has organized several events in the past.

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.

Geography, 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.

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, Diversity

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

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?

Our target participants are students across the 4 educational institutions who are currently pursue their Bachelor of Arts and secondary school teachers and all are from Malayalam language community. To engage participants before the activities, we will use social media platforms to promote the workshops and notice will be circulated in the respective educational institutions. We also see the support of student in the respective institutions to spread the word about the workshops. During the workshops, we will engage participants by providing hands-on training and encouraging them to actively participate in editing and contributing to Wikimedia projects. To follow up with participants after the activities, we will use email or social media to share relevant resources, such as links to Wikimedia tutorials and editing guides. We will also encourage participants to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects by providing ongoing support, such as online mentoring or follow-up workshops. In order to address the gap in contributions and reach underrepresented groups, we will continue to provide language support by creating video tutorial resources and training materials in the Malayalam language, and reaching out to communities and organizations that represent underrepresented groups. To retain participants after our proposal is implemented, we will onsider creating a community of practice or support network for participants to continue engaging with each other and receiving ongoing support. For this we will be creating whatsapp group insupport with educational institutions. We will also consider offering swags to encourage continued participation, such as T-Shirt or any other kinds of swags for the most active contributors or recognition on Wikimedia projects.

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

We will follow Wikimedia "Universal Code of Conduct" and it will be elaborated before the event. We will ensure that participants have access to a safe and private space where they can raise concerns or seek support if they experience any form of harassment or discrimination during the workshops.

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.

Malayalam community can let know about this proposal, purpose and goals from Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals). Link as follows. https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/വിക്കിപീഡിയ:പഞ്ചായത്ത്_(നിർദ്ദേശങ്ങൾ)#വിക്കിമീഡിയ_പഠന_ശിബിരം

Here community can ensure that they have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

In addition to this, an event page has been made as follows. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Malayalam_Wikimedia_Educational_Programme_2023

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.

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. Did the workshop effectively introduce Wikimedia projects and their potential as educational resources to the participants?

2. How did the participants respond to the workshop activities? Did they find them engaging and relevant?
3. Did the workshop encourage participants to actively contribute to Wikimedia projects? If so, how many participants continued to contribute after the workshop?
4. Did the workshop contribute to increased awareness and understanding of free knowledge and open educational resources in the local community?
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
Articles General number of articles 100
Images in commons General number of photos 200
Wikidata Items,labels and descriptions 500
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants General participants 75
Number of editors Experienced editors 20
Number of organizers Experienced organizers 5
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.

Targets aren't easy to achieve but we try will strive to achieve a nearest number at the least.But in wikimedia commons and wikidata we expect we may exceed our tar

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.

Outreachdashboard and Survey for https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/course_creator


Financial Proposal[edit]

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

388105.58 INR

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

3724.27 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).