Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/PunjabWiki Education Program (ID: 22457360)

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PunjabWiki Education Program
proposed start date2024-04-01
proposed end date2024-10-31
budget (local currency)322000 INR
budget (USD)3877.33 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Jagseer S Sidhu
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Jagseer S Sidhu



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Main Proposal[edit]

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

PunjabWiki Education Program

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

2024-04-01 - 2024-10-31

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)

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom

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)

Change Being Pursued: The PunjabWiki Education Program aims to teach students to contribute to the Wikimedia Movement and make them active knowledge creators rather than just consumers, fostering confidence in navigating the digital world, and instigating a cultural shift towards collaborative learning on platforms like Wikipedia.

Challenges or Problems Addressed: This initiative tackles digital literacy gaps, limited access to educational resources for students with limited internet experience and access. By addressing these challenges, it strives to create a more inclusive and engaging educational environment and make a positive impact on global knowledge resources.

Main Approaches to Achieve Change: The program employs training workshops for digital literacy, encourages content creation on Wikimedia platforms, promotes critical thinking, and engages communities to bridge the digital divide, collectively fostering a dynamic and collaborative learning experience.

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.

There will be a total of 24 Sessions and these sessions will be held in the school premises, particularly in the computer lab. The session will be held during the school hour and the timing would be the first half or the second half of the school time. The the first 4 session would be awareness and training sessions where we will teach students how they can contribute to different Wiki platforms: For Wikipedia, Jagseer will go through the curriculum and choose the topics they read in their classrooms and they will create / edit these articles. Students will create / edit articles of their general interest as well. For detailed Timeline Of Activities please refer to this document:

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.

1 - Suyash Dwivedi - User:Suyash.dwivedi (Partnerships) - An experienced Wikimedian, Vice-Chair: Commons Photographers User Group and COT member and coordinator for Partnerships Committee - WikiConference India 2023. 2 - Netha Hussain - User:Netha Hussain (Advisor) - Netha is a medical doctor, researcher and Wikimedian having expertise in the EduWiki domain. 3 - Akbar Ali - User:Akbarali (Advisor) - Akbarali has been an active contributor to Wikimedia Movement for over 10 years and is an experienced EduWiki Project leader. 4 - Amandeep Kaur - Amandeep Kaur is an English subject teacher from the same school. She helped in collaboration with school authorities to run this WikiEducation Program in the school and will be helping in organizing the training sessions and supervising the stupidest throughout the program. 5 - Jagseer Singh - User:Jagseer S Sidhu (Project Lead, salaried) A former Wikimediain-Residence is In charge of planning, localizing the curriculum, facilitating all sessions with the co-trainers and writing the final report. Working on preparing data collection tools, distributing surveys, analyzing findings throughout the period of the program from planning and implementation.

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)

Target Participants and Community: The PunjabWiki Education Program targets students and educators in government schools across Punjab, starting with Govt Sen Sec School Mahla Kalan, Punjab (India). The focus is on students who have fewer technology advantages and access to opportunities. The school authority has given their 13 sincere students from 2 classes i.e 9th and 11th. Among these 13 students, 9 are girls. This not only signifies our effort to narrow the educational gap but also to address the gender gap.

Engagement Strategies: The school authority granted permission to take one Wiki class in a week. Between August 2023 and December 2023, Jagseer, the project lead, has been managing this project and students have been actively engaged in learning the process of becoming Wiki contributors. He has conducted weekly classes, leading to increased familiarity among students with Wikipedia and Wikisource. Through Outreach Dashboard Training, they gained a basic understanding of the Five Pillars of Wikipedia, and they now have the ability to type in Punjabi using the Google Input Tool. Additionally, some students participated in classes where they were able to proofread Wikisource pages.

The primary obstacle we encounter is a shortage of devices, as the school lab currently only has five functional computers. To address this, the project mandates the procurement of additional equipment, and as part of the budget, we are incorporating a laptop. Designated for exclusive use within the project, specially by students, this laptop will be listed on a public equipment inventory. If any team member or the similar project teams needs the equipment for specific project-related requirements, it will be made available to them accordingly. The work that has been done so far can be found here:

Moving forward, we plan to scale up the project, incorporating awareness campaigns and orientation sessions before activities. Additionally, interactive learning experiences will be implemented during workshops to keep participants engaged. We will establish a dedicated WhatsApp group and arrange 1:1 telephone calls (if required) as part of post-activities and feedback sessions to ensure the sustained involvement of students in the project.

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.

The initial conversation between Jagseer and Akabar Ali originated during WikiConference India 2023. Their discussion centered around the shared vision of engaging school students in contributing to the Wikimedia Movement. Inspired by this conversation, they jointly decided to launch an EduWiki project in Punjab, aiming to integrate educational institutions into the Wikimedia ecosystem. Building on their momentum, Jagseer and Akabar Ali met once again at the EduWiki Conference 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia. During this meeting, they delved deeper into the project's intricacies, fine-tuning their plans and establishing a roadmap for implementation. Later, at Wikimania 2023, Jagseer presented the EduWiki project to Suyash. Recognizing the potential for collaboration, they collectively decided to join forces with the Commons Photographers User Group. This strategic partnership aimed to enrich the project by incorporating the expertise and resources of the Commons Photographers User Group, thereby enhancing the impact and reach of their collaborative efforts in empowering students through Wikimedia initiatives. South Asia Open Community Call (17th December) - Notice on Punjabi Wikipedia Village Pump - Notice on Punjabi Wikisource Village Pump -

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)

Socioeconomic Status

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)

Digital Access

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

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

From my participation in the PunjabWiki Education Program, I aim to acquire a deeper understanding of collaborative learning, and the dynamics of educational initiatives. I hope to enhance my skills in facilitating workshops, engaging with students, and contributing to the creation and spreading of knowledge. Ultimately, I seek to learn how such programs can effectively bridge educational gaps and empower students in the digital age. The insights gained from the project will be shared through a Diff blog post, allowing other Wikimedians to benefit from the experience. Furthermore, a presentation at Wikimedia Conferences is planned to disseminate the knowledge and findings to a broader audience.

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 13 13 school students from 9th and 11th standard. starting with new session we are planning to involve more students.
Number of editors 13 Same students will be the editors
Number of organizers 1 As of now, the project is implemented in one school.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 20
Wikimedia Commons 15
Wikisource 100
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

Create / edit articles (5 Sessions) , Pages Proofread (12 Sessions), Media Upload (3 Sessions)

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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Wikipedia Create articles / edit articles (5 Sessions) 20
Wikisource pages Proofread (12 Sessions) 100
Wikimedia Commons Media Upload (3 Sessions) 15
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 utilize the Programs & Events Dashboard to measure Wikipedia articles and for Wikisource Proofread pages. For Commons uploads, the assessment will be done manually.

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)

322000 INR

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.

3877.33 USD

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