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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/R@/Bibliothécaires (ID: 22250999)

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proposed start date2024-01-15
proposed end date2024-02-15
grant start date2024-01-15T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-03-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)2470382 XOF
budget (USD)4062.8 USD
amount recommended (USD)4062.8
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Azogbonon
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.


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

2024-01-15 - 2024-02-15

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)


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)

Hosting the R@/Bibliothécaires event will play a key role in encouraging the participation of librarians and library students in promoting verifiable knowledge and improving the reliability of Wikipedia. By orchestrating this event, we aspire to enrich Wikipedia's content by adding at least one reference to each article. In addition, this project will raise awareness of the mission of the Wikimedia movement and attract new editors to contribute to the ongoing enrichment of the platform.

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.

The activities planned for the training of librarians and students in Benin can be varied and adapted to the specific needs of this community. Here are a few ideas of activities that could be implemented:

  • Training workshops: Organize practical workshops for librarians and students to familiarize them with the principles of editing on Wikipedia, adding references, creating new articles and managing sources.
  • Sensibilization sessions awareness for explain the importance of contributing to Wikipedia, in l accent on the role librarians and students in the improvement of the quality of information in line.
  • Contribution Events: Organize events where participants can actively contribute to foundation projects by adding verifiable information and improving the quality of articles related to culture, history and educational institutions.
  • Information research training: Offer training sessions on online information research, source verification and the promotion of digital literature to ensure the quality of information added to Wikipedia.
  • Creation of Local Content: Encourage the creation of local content by working on articles related to Beninese culture, local personalities, historical events and other topics relevant to the region.
  • Partnerships with Educational Institutions: Establish partnerships with universities and schools to integrate elements of the Wikipedia contribution into educational programs, thus encouraging continued participation.
  • Follow-up and ongoing support: Ensure regular follow-up and ongoing support for participants after training, by creating an online community where they can ask questions, share experiences and continue to engage in Wiki projects.

These activities can be tailored to the needs and skill levels of participants, creating a holistic and beneficial training experience for the library and student community in Benin.

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.

Azogbonon, Flonews, co-trainer We're particularly delighted to have the support of Ross Patrick, who has pedagogical expertise in reading Wikipedia in the classroom and takes an academic approach to his interactions with learners.

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)

This innovative project actively mobilizes librarians, students, archivists and documentalists from Benin and Togo, brought together in a dedicated association. The initiative aims to create synergy between these key players in the field of information management and cultural heritage, by encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange. By working within this association, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to educational projects, promote the preservation of cultural heritage and enrich online resources, and other individuals with a shared interest in promoting education, preserving cultural heritage, and contributing to online projects. Specialized training, workshops and collaborative events will be organized to strengthen skills and stimulate collaboration within this diverse community.

Prior to the activities, we plan to involve participants through online awareness campaigns, information sessions in libraries and educational establishments, as well as the dissemination of educational resources on Wikipedia editing. We are also using social media and online platforms to create a pre-event community, facilitating communication and the exchange of ideas.

During the activities, we will set up hands-on workshops, training sessions and collaborative contribution events to provide participants with practical experience. We encourage active participation, discussion and knowledge sharing throughout the activities.

After the activities, participants will be followed up by the creation of a dedicated online community where they can continue to exchange, ask questions and share experiences.

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.

Nous informons exclusivement sur la page de notre groupe de travail atelier de savoir. Et aussi sur la page de discussion de la communauté du Bénin. https://twitter.com/WikiatelierBj?t=rPKYNahUWIBmb0SFekIJjw&s=35

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.

With regard to the project, we initiated discussions within our community through several channels. Firstly, face-to-face meetings were held with librarians, students and other key stakeholders to discuss the project idea, share perspectives and gather feedback. These meetings enabled direct interaction and fostered an in-depth understanding of the community's needs and expectations.


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)

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)

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)

Through this project, we aspire to follow several significant lessons. Firstly, we hope to understand more about the specific needs of librarians and students in Benin in terms of contributing to Wikipedia and using Wikimedia projects. This includes an in-depth understanding of their current skills, their challenges and the specific areas where they wish to improve their knowledge.

We also seek to learn how to maximize the educational impact of our project. This includes designing training activities and workshops that are not only informative but also inspiring and motivating to encourage active participation.

In addition, we hope to gather knowledge on best practices to facilitate collaboration between librarians, students and other education stakeholders in the specific context of Benin. We want to understand how to create an environment conducive to the ongoing contribution and improvement of online educational resources.

Finally, we want to evaluate the effectiveness of our approach in promoting digital literature, source verification and educational content creation.

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 15 Between 15 and 20
Number of editors 15 Between 15 and 20
Number of organizers 3
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 15
Wikimedia Commons 100
Wikidata 150
Wikimedia Incubator 10
Wikiquote 10
Wikivoyage 0
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
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)

To measure each selected parameter, we will use the awareness dashboard :


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)

2470382 XOF

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.

4062.8 USD

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