Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom for Communication Students in Lagos State (ID: 22061209)

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Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom for Communication Students in Lagos State
proposed start date2023-03-31
proposed end date2023-05-19
budget (local currency)2252020 NGN
budget (USD)4943.3 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Pricelessjosy
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.

MGuadalupe (WMF) Semmy1960



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.

Wikimedia Nigeria User group, NIJ(Nigerian Institute of Journalism) Wiki Fan club

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom for Communication Students in Lagos State

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.

This project was a call from some communication lecturers in the online space after viewing our engagement with the teachers of secondary schools that were trained. It is critical for communication students to improve their media and information literacy skills and also know how to use Wikipedia to do their assignments and research work, which will in turn help them be more detailed with their research work and critical thinking. Communication students in Nigeria need to read Wikipedia in their classrooms because this will help them improve their skills in terms of accessing accurate information by fighting misinformation and disinformation with their work. How do they know what to report as communication students? Without the media, how can we document our information effectively on Wikipedia? We need the media to help us reach our goal of having the world access accurate information. A well-informed media creates a well-informed society. Without the communication students learning and knowing the importance and nitty-gritty of misinformation and disinformation, we might still be struggling with inaccurate information on Wikipedia. Today, we need students in the communication system to know the importance of Wikipedia and its use in their classrooms to enhance accurate information systems for the public. This knowledge gap is huge and the reason why this is so is that much of our notable information that was not online, is now in the archive. Who will bring it out of the archives? Who will document it on Wikipedia? This is a significant gap and challenge, but communication students can make a difference. They can begin to fill that gap; they already know how to search the archives. To fill this gap, they must understand what Wikipedia is and its significance to human existence.

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

Introducing communication students to the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Framework as a pedagogical tool to understand the different stages involved in the information cycle.

  • Teach the students the importance of Wikipedia which is critical to information systems using the reading Wikipedia in the classroom course outline on the wiki learn platform
  • Provide students with the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom quick guide to learn how to integrate Wikipedia into their classroom activities. How? Knowing how to report and write from a reliable source, and doing in-depth research as communication students.
  • Allow and ensure some of the certified teachers practice collaboration and implementation by being a part of and process of the project.
  • Training and recruiting communication students across the state for the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom club in Lagos State.
  • Adding or improving local content on English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikipedia Common. A need assessment survey has been conducted in other to have an impactful project, this is a link to the analysis of the needs assessment survey

link to the needs assessment form

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

The training is broken down into 3 modules. The student will be using the Wikilearn platform and the course content for Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom. We are already localizing the Wikilearn platform for the students because the course outline and content align with what communication students should know and be doing which is researching, accessing, creating, and distributing from a reliable source while also knowing how to contribute to Wikipedia because they need a final place where all the notable work of the media will be documented without the fear of domain name expiration and hosting. They will also learn how to use

  • Wikipedia
  • Wikidata
  • Wikicommons.

These are tools that are critical and important for communication students.

We will ensure: 
  • Creating awareness amongst the communication institutions in Lagos State.
  • Educating the student on the various uses of the Wikimedia project and trying to change their negative perception of Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  • Online Onboarding Session: This is a one-on-one onboarding session for the participants which will be a prelude to the event to sensitize the participants about the project.
  • Online Training Session: The students would be guided on how to finish their course module on the Wikilearn platform and also they will be taught how to use and contribute content on Wikipedia, wikidata, and wikicommons.
  • Offline Training Sessions, opening ceremony, and graduation ceremony: There will be an Edit-a-thon during the online training session. The offline training session has an opening ceremony which is training them on how to navigate the wikilearn platform and start module one. the graduation ceremony is the conclusion of the program and certificates will be awarded.
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)

Reading Wikipedia in the classroom
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

The team includes; One (1) certified trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom Program in Nigeria and experienced co-facilitators who are Wikimedia volunteers. The certified trainer of the reading Wikipedia in the classroom program has strong fresh experience in organizing a similar program (in collaboration with the WMF education team), while others have insights into project management, general organization, communication, Wikimedia movement, and Wikipedia editing knowledge, as well as finance and partnerships. The team members are:

  • Semmy1960: a Certified Trainer of the Reading

Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Nigeria, the Project lead for Reading Wikipedia in the classroom for teachers in Lagos State. The lead of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism Wiki Fan Club. She has organized many Wiki projects.

  • B.korlah(Trainer): a wikipedian that has organized so many training. A co-trainer and a member of the implementation team for Reading wikipedia in the classroom for teachers in Lagos State.
  • MGuadalupe (WMF): a Wikimedia foundation staff, that supports the Education team by developing resources and strategies that help integrate the Wikimedia projects in the classroom. she will supervise the customizing of the wiki learn platform for communication students.
  • Ebubechuckwu1(support staff)- A Wikipedian and part of the Reading Wikipedia in Classroom Lagos implementation team, supporting the teachers when they have challenges with using their phones to edit. (She is a phone expert. She uses her phone to edit and she has become a master at editing with the phone that supports those using phones to edit.
  • Pricelessjosy: (Project lead/ trainer), she is a Wikipedian, a communication lecturer, and an IT expert, part of the implementation team and co-trainer for Reading Wikipedia in the classroom for teachers in Lagos State, Nigeria, provided IT support for WikiGLam- training librarians on the use of Wikipedia. As the Project Manager, she will be working on localizing the content of the wiki learn platform content
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.

Content Gender gap, Age (regency), Geography

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 will enable communication students to be aware of the importance of Wikipedia and its sister's project to the information ecosystem, also there is a possibility of our un- archived information going into extinction if this communication students who provide the news for the media do not know how to access, create, research and distribute information using wikipedia. The essence of this project is to enhance and improve their media and information literacy skills.

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, Open Technology, Diversity

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

Geographic , Socioeconomic status, Age, 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?

Our target audience are communication Students from 3 selected university in Lagos State. We will work directly with the student by engaging them. first activity to be carried out is the needs assessment form while the second activity is the call for participation which will be done through effective local communication channels such as posters, social media and outreach program in their various schools. During the project, I and the team members will be actively involved in facilitating the training, together with the certified teachers to make sure that the participants get the act and art of contributing to Wikipedia and its sister projects. We will monitor the activities of the new editors to make sure that Wikipedia and the other sister projects are not vandalized out of ignorance.

We will follow up with the participants after the activities through mentoring and check-up on the WhatsApp platform. Also during the program there will be a need assessment survey. At the end, the project will create a feedback survey for the students to fill and hold a one-on-one interview with some of the certified students.

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

The General friendly space policy for Wikimedia events will be summarized and read at the beginning of each event to remind the participants and the organizers of the importance of a friendly space policy. In addendum, we will make the following 24 hours phone numbers available throughout the events; The organizers, Local venue security, Local law enforcement, Local sexual assault hotline, Local emergency and non-emergency medical services, and Local taxi company will be available.

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.

I have informed them at the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria for their suggestions and inputs. The link can be found here I have also reached out to the program director (Mr. Ayokanmi) of Wikimedia Nigeria UG who is also aware of the project.

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 be partnering with the departmental heads of the school of communication of the institutions, some certified teachers, and UNESCO Authorities, The heads of department will ensure that the students participate actively and are keen on the progression and personal development of the student as well as ensure that the project goes smoothly.

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, Improve User Experience, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

The main questions that we hope to have answered after completing the project are: Are the students aware of UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Frame Work? Are the students aware of the great importance of Wikipedia to the information ecosystem? Are the student familiar with Open Education Resources? Are they using Wikipedia for their research work? Are they writing from a reliable source? What is their perception about Wikipedia? What are the best techniques used to encourage students to participate and contribute to Wikimedia projects? Did the program answer the expectations of the students? How many students where certified at the end of the training? How many of them will use Wikipedia for their class activities. we would learn if this project can be implemented in all other communication school across the globe.

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
Number of event We will have a total number of 2 physical events and 6 online training. The training will include doing queries on Wikidata and Wikipedia training ( Adding Citation, Wiki Links, and creating

Wikidata Items and using the courses on the Wikilearn platform to do assignments(i.e research, access, create and distribute information)

Number of students who will complete the program This covers the number of students that are expected to finish the training, and their course module and submit their final assignment. 20
Number of students who would get to know about the programme This is the number of students who participated in filling out the needs assessment form and showed interest in the program. 100
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants We will be working with Three universities in Lagos State reaching out to 50 new participant 30
Number of editors we plan to have all the participants create Wikipedia accounts and make contributions 30
Number of organizers There is a project adviser, one project lead, one co-trainer, six Wikimedia volunteers, and two certified teachers. 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Total Number of citations, links, and articles improved 50
Wikidata Total numbers of item created and edited 50
Wikimedia Commons total number of items uploaded 20
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.

We will use the Wikilearn platform to monitor the progress of the student and to ensure that they have all the modules done and submit their final assignment, we will also use the Outreach Dashboard to track and assign articles to the participants. It will also be used to measure some project metrics such as the number of participants, number of articles created/improved, number of references added to articles, and article views amongst others.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

2252020 NGN

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

4943.3 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

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