Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Reading Wikipedia in Secondary Schools (ID: 21980975)

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statusNot funded
Reading Wikipedia in Secondary Schools
proposed start date2022-11-25
proposed end date2023-12-31
budget (local currency)1097270 NGN
budget (USD)2538 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Uncle Bash007
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Uncle Bash007

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Usman Ahmad Isa Muhammad Idriss Criteria Musaddam Idris



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.

Hausa Wikimedia User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Reading Wikipedia in Secondary Schools

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.

A lot of schools in Northern Nigeria, especially Katsina State are introducing online classes due to issues of insecurities and other insurgencies. This project will target schools in Katsina and guide them on how to use Wikipedia as a major source of data/information/reference for students and teachers in the study area. This project will thus increase Wikipedia recognition and readership in Secondary Schools in Katsina and some states in Northern Nigeria. Emphasis will be made in training Female teachers since they represent greater parcentage in the education line.

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

Reading Wikipedia in classroom integrates Wikipedia and the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) framework. Education in some states in Northern Nigeria such as: Katsina, Kaduna, Yobe are becoming seemingly impossible via physical classes and thus, since Covid 19 pandemic, a lot of schools have implemented online classes for their pupils. This is a chance at hand to introduce Wikipedia to schools as a basic tool for information and reference. This project will create Wikipedia awareness in secondary schools across Katsina region and I as an ex-teacher and currently a postgraduate student will guide them how to use different Wikipedia projects in sourcing out information for teaching and carrying out assignments by students.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
  • We will first visit high schools and call them for participation
  • We will guide secondary school teachers and students on the missions and vision of Wikipedia which is in part the goal of any school of studies
  • We will highlight important topics related to major subjects English, Biology, Chemistry, Art and History etc from Wikipedia
  • Teachers will be guided on how to plan lesson notes from their curriculum with Wikipedia
  • Students will be guided on how to search information from Wikipedia for their assignments
  • A sample of 10 advanced secondary schools in Katsina Metropolitan area will be visited for face to face tutorials
  • A general workshop will be organized to guide teachers and students
  • Participants outside Katsina region will be reached and trained online
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.

Art+Feminism, WikiGap, Other (please specify)

Reading WIkipedia in Classroom

African Eduwiki

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

I was a teacher in secondary school with 3 years teaching experience; and an experienced editor and administor on Hausa Wikipedia. I also have experience in organizing Wikimedia projects and hosting tutorials and workshops both online and offline. I recently hosted a tutorial session on African Eduwiki Sub-saharan Regional meeting.

I will be aided by some other experienced editors like Muhammad Idriss Criteria and Usman Ahmad Isa
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, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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 aimed at guiding students and teachers on how to use Wikipedia as a source of information in Katsina. It will also cover both English and Hausa Language which are core subjects in the study area. This project will also highlight important topics to be used in teaching and learning in these schools

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, Advocacy, Diversity

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Linguistic / Language, 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?

The target participants sample of schools around Katsina metropolis for face to face sessions and online classes for 10 advanced schools in the area. We will sample out advanced secondary schools who have digital access and tendency to use online classes. We shall also motivate teachers and students in contributing to Wikipedia

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

We will strictlly adhere to UCoC and Friendly Space Policies

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 announced it on Hausa Wikipedia Talk page and our Whatsapp 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?
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 will create a network of partnership with some schools (2 or more) visited so as to keep them on track in using Wikipedia as a major source of reference

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, 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?

We hope to achieve the following questions

  • How much do secondary schools in Katsina and Northern Nigeria need online tools for studies?
  • Are they willing to use a recognised online encyclopedia, Wikpedia
  • Do schools have resources to use Wikipedia as a source of data/information
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
Total Number of Schools reached A total of 30 secondary schools will be reached in Katsina 30
Number of schools engaged in active training 10 or more to be engaged in the general workshop 1
Number of articles for revision 20 20
Page views Wikipedia page views is expected to increase on topics related to secondary schools curriculum, atleast we will get 20 page views per school (30) apprx 600 page views

We hope to reach atleast 400 views from online events

Number of pages created or improved 100 100
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants new participants = 20

returning participants = 10

Number of editors Atleast 20 students and 10 teachers 30
Number of organizers 4 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Important articles on topics related to science, history and geography. These articles will be used in organizing lesson plans and notes for students 20
Wikimedia Commons Pictures of diagram illustrations such as cell, human anatomy etc will be referenced for teaching in schools 20
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

1000 or more page views at the end of the event 100 articles or more will be created or improved

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.

Wikimedia hashtag tool pageviews tool

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1097270 NGN

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

2538 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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