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Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom for Secondary School Students in Kwara State
proposed start date2022-09-01
proposed end date2022-10-31
grant start date2022-09-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-10-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)2098091.7 NGN
budget (USD)4623.37 USD
amount recommended (USD)4623.37
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• James Rhoda
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

James Rhoda

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Bukky658 Linason Blessing Ridzaina



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 Wikimedia Fan Club, University of Ilorin

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 Secondary School Students in Kwara 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.

The Federal Ministry of Education's policies in Nigeria prioritize ICTs as 21st-century skills that provides access to information online but provide little stimulation for prioritizing digital literacy and OERs to develop vital media and information literacy skills for secondary school students in Nigeria as most of them do not understand how information is produced, access and evaluated online to understand biases and knowledge gaps. Findings as shown that most of the Edtech partners focused only on developing alternative learning models for the new normal [1]. This project will help correct;

  • Misinformation, disinformation and fake news on the internet.
  • Low media and Information literacy rate among secondary school students in Kwara state.
  • the misconception of Wikipedia among secondary school students.

This project will;

  • Increase the participation of students in promoting verifiable and reliable information online using Wikipedia.
  • Enable certified Teachers of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Kwara to implement the lesson learnt to their classroom activities.
  • Enhance their critical thinking skills.
  • Enable student use Wikipedia and its sister's project as an OERs.
  • Enable students to learn new things outside of their regular school curriculum.
  • Establish Eduwiki Secondary School club in Kwara State.

During a time when disinformation and misinformation is on the rise, this project has the potential to improve student research skills, such as the ability to make sense of information, the ability to verify, evaluate, and shift reliable information from information chaos, and the ability to use the information to create new knowledge by tying Wikipedia to the components of UNESCO's Media and Information Literacy framework. In addition, this training will bridge the digital gap by encouraging collaboration among students to foster better relationships.

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

Adopt and Introduce students to the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Framework as pedagogical tools to understand the different stages involve in the information cycle.

Teach students the Wikipedia core content policies using a knowledge quest.

Provide students with the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom quick guide [2] to learn how to integrate Wikipedia into their classroom activities.

Allow certified Teachers of Reading Wikipedia in the classroom(RWC) implement their RWC lesson plan into regular classroom activities for their students.

Training and recruit secondary school students for the Eduwiki secondary school club in Kwara state.

Adding or improving local content on English Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikipedia Common.

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

Building Wikimedia awareness among Secondary School Students in Kwara State will consist of four different sessions:

Educating: This is aimed at educating the student on the various uses of the Wikimedia project and changing their perception of Wikipedia and other sister projects.

Offline Onboarding Session/ Creation of Awareness: This is a one-on-one onboarding session of the participants. The Avenue will also be used to sensitize the community on the projects of Wikimedia Foundation.

Online Training Session: This is strictly training on how to improve or contribute contents on Wikipedia and sister projects.

Offline Training Session and edit-a-thon: This is hands-on keyboard training where the new editors will be given the avenue to practice what they have learnt. After the training, there will be a three weeks Edit-a-thon where winners will be awarded a certificate of excellence each.

Creating a mini Wikimedia Fan club in this various schools.

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.

Not applicable

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

I have created a strong team within Kwara state, with several key skills and sharp expertise, to ensure a successful implementation of the program. 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 have strong fresh experience in organizing a similar program (in collaboration with the WMF education team), while others have insights in project management, general organization, communication, Wikimedia movement and Wikipedia editing knowledge, as well as finance and partnerships.

The team members are: Bukky658: is a volunteer and a first Certified Trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Nigeria, the Project lead for WikiGLAM Awareness for Librarians in Kwara State, the project lead for Wikidata for Libraries and notable Librarians in Kwara State, the first prize winner of Wiki Activate 2021 and the founder of Wikimedia Fan Club, Kwara State University.

Blessing Linason: she is the project lead for Wikipedia awareness for library and information science students in Nigeria, She has taken part in various Wikimedia projects such as WikiLoveAfrica, WPWP, Wikidata(Media personalities in Nigeria), Winner of WPWP Kwara and Wikidata Media personality in Nigeria, WikiGLAM Awareness for Libraries and Librarians in Kwara, Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria, 1lib1ref 2022 Kwara, etc

Ridzaina: (Facilitator) She is an experienced Wikipedian, a co-facilitator for Reading Wikipedia in the classroom program for Teachers in Nigeria. She has participated in various Wikimedia projects and won several wikidata contests such as Wikidata SDG's Contest 2021, Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria, etc.

Yes, I have also notified the Wikimedia Education Team of this project and I am in touch with them.

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, 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.

Most students are not aware of Wikipedia and its sister's project, they posses very limited knowledge on how the effective way to access and retrieve information on Wikipedia let alone evaluate or create information on Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia project. Thus bring this project will enhance students media and information literacy skills using Wikipedia and to enhance their critical thinking and become fact checker.

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 the Secondary School Students from 3 selected secondary schools in Kwara State whose Teachers were recently certified at the first implementation of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program for Teachers in Kwara Nigeria.

We hope to engage these participants by working directly with the students, the State Universal Basic Education Board in Kwara State, the secondary School Authorities, parent of students and the certified Teachers.

The call for participation 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 member will be actively involved in facilitating the training, together with the certified teahcers to make sure that the participants get the act and art of contributing to Wikipedia and sister projects. Also, we will monitor the activities of the new editors to make sure that Wikipedia and the other sister projects is not vandalized out of ignorance.

At the end, the project will create a feedback survey for the students to fill and hold a one-on-one interview with the certified students.

continously engage the students in different Wikimedia events under the Eduwiki Secondary School club in Kwara State.

We will follow up with the participants after the activities through Social Media Platforms and through daily check-up with their Teachers and School Authorities.

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, 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 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria.

Yes, I will reach out to the Wikimedia Nigeria UG and try to partner with them as an institutional partner.

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 School Authorities, certified teachers to ensure that the students participate actively and the project goes smoothly. The School Authorities are a significant part of the project as their Teachers were part of the first implementation of Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom, Nigeria project and that program have opened their eyes to the uses, importance and relevance of the Wikimedia projects to their Classroom activities as a learning tool to promote quality education for life-long learning.

The Whole essence of training the teachers at the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program is to enable them to implement the lesson learnt in their classroom activities by engaging the student on how to use Wikipedia effectively wilist enhancing their Media and Information Literacy skill, engaging the student alongside the certified teachers of the program will help us know the impact of this training in their classroom.

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 student familiar with Open Education Resources? Are they aware of Wikipedia? Do they make use of Knowledge quest in their classroom activities? What is their perception about Wikipedia? What are the best strategies to retain secondary school students in the Wikimedia community? What are the best metrics to be used in measuring education projects? Especially those performed in the classroom? 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 in their classroom and outside their classroom?

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 6 physical events (2 events in each school). The events will include Wikipedia and Wikidata training ( Adding Citation, Wiki Links and creating Wikidata Items). 6
Number of Newly Recruited Wikimedians Most Secondary School students are not familiar with the term Wikipedia or Wikimedia, this will serve as an opportunity for students to be acquainted with the Wikimedia sister projects. At least 95% of the total participants will be new editors 45
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants We will be working with Three Secondary Schools in Kwara State and we expect Fifteen (15) Students from each school.

New Editors: 45

Number of editors The total number of editors is expected to be at least 51 comprising of 45 participants/students and 6 Teachers. (Teachers certified from the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom Kwara, Nigeria) 51
Number of organizers There will be 4 Wikimedia volunteers (including the project lead) and we will be working with two (2) teachers from each school which makes it six(6) teachers from three(3) school 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Total Number of citations, links and articles improved 100
Wikidata Total numbers of item created and edited 50
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.

I will use the Outreach Dashboard to track and assign articles to the participants. It will also be used to measure some project metrics such as number of participants, number of articles created/improved, number of references added to articles, 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.

2098091.7 NGN

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

4623.37 USD

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