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Wiki4Inclusion Campaign in Tanzania
proposed start date2024-07-16
proposed end date2024-08-16
grant start date2024-07-16T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-09-16T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)11650000 TZS
budget (USD)4455.53 USD
amount recommended (USD)4455.53
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Rwebogora
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.

Wiki4Inclusion Campaign in Tanzania

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

2024-07-16 - 2024-08-16

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)

Other (please specify) Gender and diversity

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)

Wiki4Inclusion in Tanzania aims at bridging the gap of including people with disability in a digital space and increasing Swahili language contents to Wikimedia projects relating to people with hearing impairment. It's a replication campaign from the main Wiki4Inclusion founded in Ghana by Stella Sessy Agbley and Ing. Joy Agyepong. The motivation of launching this project in Tanzania came after attending their session at WikiIndaba 2023 in Agadir, Morocco and hearing their story on how they started and their progress on engaging people with disabilty. We had a 101 talk after the session on how to extend the initiatives in our country since i found that we have not yet engaged enough if not completely people with hearing impairment in the Wikimedia Movement especially for projects like Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikipedia and other sister projects. For instance, in this category (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Sign_languages_by_country) sign language for Tanzania is not yet covered including in other projects. So, in this campaign I'll be working with the team to bridge this gap by:

1. Recruiting new editors who are hearing impaired and training them on how to contribute to Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. This will include creating new articles or translating the existing ones from English to Swahili. This will help to increase content relating to their disability.

2. Training interpreters and Association staffs on how to contribute to Wikimedia projects.

3. Building a team of experienced Wikimedians who will guide newbies during and after the edit a thons. This will help to clean up contents created and motivating trainees so as to retain them.

4. Adding images, videos and signs items to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.

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.

We are planning to launch this campaign by providing two (2) trainings and organizing physical and online edit -a-thons which will be accompanied by a contest. We shall provide training to staffs and members of The Tanzania Association of the Deaf (TAD), Association of Interpreters (CHAWALATA) and students from secondary schools and universities who are hearing impaired.

Also, making media contents  for Wikimedia Commons relating to hearing impairment, for instance, sign language videos and images.

Moreover, providing prizes for top five (5) contributors in form of gift vouchers and certificates as one way of motivating them.

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.

The campaign will involve the following team members who will work as volunteers: User: Rwebogora - Project Lead, Coordinator and Trainer - A social scientist by professional and an experienced Wikimedian who joined the movement in 2019 contributing to Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and other sister projects, having experience in editing, training, organizing, facilitating, mentoring and photographing. He has participated in different Wiki projects and contests (local and international) such Wiki Loves Africa, Isa Tool Campaign, WPWP, SheSaid 2023 in Tanzania, Afrocuration Project in Tanzania, Africa Wiki Challenge, African Women on Wikipedia and WikiForHumanRights just to mention a few. User: Anuary Rajabu - Facilitator - An experienced Wikimedian and a founder of Wikimedians of Tabora. User: Killy95 - Facilitator - An experienced Wikimedian from Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania with experience in editing and organizing events. Beatrice Chiluka - Sign Language Interpreter - An experienced sign language inyterpreter and a Deputy General Secretary of Tanzania Sign Language Interpreters Association Rafia Salim - Assistant Sign Language Interpreter - A certified sign language interpreter and a student of The Institute of Social Work (ISW), Tanzania. User:Olimasy : Technical Advisor - A telecomunication engineer by professional and an experienced Swahili Wikipedia admin.

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)

The targeted participants will be people with hearing impairment from their associations and those who are not in the associations. We expect also to have related stakeholders such Sign Language Interpreters to understand well Wikimedia Movement so that they can be a great help to others and hence they communicate well with with the deaf. Moreover, deaf students from secondary schools and universities will be part of the trainees. Already we have made meet ups with representatives (leaders) from targeted associations and some universities informing them of our plans and got a good welcome of participating in the campaign. We shall make sure that all participants with supportive devices can register to the event registration tool to get access to the dashboard for progress tracking. Also, we shall form a team with leaders from each association and school/college/university who will be reporting to us of their progress, but also forming social network groups like WhatsApp and Telegram to ease communication. In addition, we shall check the possibilities of forming Wiki clubs of hearing impaired people in schools and universities for a close follow-up and massive contribution to the movement.

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.

Firstly, I had a deep discussion with founders of the project in Ghana (Stella Sessy Agbley and Ing. Joy Agyepong) telling me of the requirements and expectations for effective implementation of the project. Find here the link my WikiIndaba 2023 report mentioning about the impacts including Wiki4Inclusion session and plans to launch it in Tanzania: (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiIndaba_2023/Report/Rwebogora) Secondly, communicated with members of the Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania who are also some the team members. Lastly, reached up to leaders of deaf associations and some schools and universities for a survey and discussions on how we can make the campaign happen successfully.

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)

Other Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

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)


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

Improve User Experience

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

I expect to learn how changes can positively impact the life of people especially with hearing impairment. Bridging the gap and providing a digital space for the deaf and related stakeholders will add value to the movement's goals and vision of letting every single human being free to share sum of all knowledge. Also, I'm expecting to learn the impact of team work leading to the desirable goals of the project.

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 60 We are planning to conduct two (3) trainings and edit -a- thons, whereby every training and edit- a- thon will have 20 participants.
Number of editors 60
Number of organizers 5
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 100
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 50
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract 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)

Outreach dashboard and event metrics.

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)

11650000 TZS

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.

4455.53 USD

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