Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/WikiActivate Training and Competition for 9-5 Workers (ID: 21949051)

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statusNot funded
WikiActivate Training and Competition for 9-5 Workers
proposed start date2022-10-22
proposed end date2022-11-12
grant end date2022-11-12T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1775901 NGN
budget (USD)4211.36 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• chukydyk
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.

Inyor4mr and Udehb



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.

WikiActivate, Wikimedia Nigeria, Wikimedia Abuja

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

WikiActivate Training and Competition for 9-5 Workers

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 year Wikikactivate is activating working class of both government and Private Organisation. I have attended and organised many Wiki events and noticed that most of the participants are either young or middle-aged workers who are always busy with work or studies. Many of which has given up in volunteering including Wikimedia Projects. I also have a 9-5 job which sometime makes it difficult to participate in some of the events. Indeed, it feels exhausting to gamble between work and some of these programmes. I made enquires with some leaders of both the Igbo Wikimedia User Group, Wikimedia User group Nigerian and Hausa Wikimedia User groups and they confirmed that most members of these groups are working class persons and students. I have seen efforts made by different Wikimedia campaigns and programmes to encourage people of different orientations and work status to participate in Wiki projects but there is no such effort to encourage and bring in 9-5 workers. This leaves a gap as ideas, opinion and concept differs between these class of people. Since Wikipedia strives to be very inclusive, there is the need to encourage more working class citizens to participate in Wikipedia.

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

I intend to mobilize worker both government workers and Private and hold a meeting on the value and joy of volunteering for free knowledge with Wikimedia Foundation. They will also be trained in the different projects of Wikipedia and be guided to do their first editing in each of the projects. In inviting them, I will work with organizations that I belong and have many workers including the Christian Youth Organization of my church Holy Family Catholic Church, Life Camp Abuja and Workers Association of Efab City Abuja. I will circulate the flyer among the members of these associations and other target locations including staff of Ministries and Agencies. I have discussed this with these associations and they are happy to encourage members to participate. I am confident that these forums will be an excellent platform to invite the target audience because civil society organizations, and government agencies that need to reach workers also used these platforms and have succeeded. The meeting/training/competition will emphasize on why volunteering for Wikimedia is an excellent way to give back to the community. They will then be trained on Wikipedia. The trainings will be in phase to enable proper assimilation and to awaken and sustain their interest in contributing to the wiki projects. After the training on basic norms of Wikipedia, the training will continue on Wikipedia projects including English Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wiki commons. After each training, there will be edit a thon and competition that will concentrate on edits to improve contents on the project trained on and not to create new contents. Throughout this process, the participants will be guided by experienced editors. After the series of edit a thon and competition, we will encourage participants to continue editing and to participate in other programmes like contexts etc

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

We will also run online posts and design and print flyers . The flyer will announce the meetings and the programme that will be held to introduce participants to Wikipedia. It will also have a short concept note of why the meeting is being held.

The registration will be through text message, Whatsapp message and email. After which they will be added to the WikiActivate Telegram group 9-15 October 2022 the flyers and invitation will be distributed to Youth Organization of some churches including Holy Family Catholic Church, life Camp Abuja and Workers association of Efab City Abuja, at Federal Secretariat complexes, Ministries and online. 16 -19 October 2022. All registered participants will be invited to participate. This invitation will provide them the date, time and venue of meet ups via emails, calls and SMS. 22nd October 2022 the 1st meet up of all invited participants will be a 2 day programme. The trainer will train on Wikipedia generally and then concentrate on English Wikipedia. After the training, there will be an edit-a-thon on English Wikipedia which will concentrate on editing existing contents and not creating new ones. This edit a thon will also be a competition for participants which will last throughout the programme. We will continue to encourage each other in the Telegram group. We will provide data for participants in the competition. 29th Oct 2022 - The 2nd two days meet up of training and editing will be on Wiki Commons and the 2nd day we go for a Photo walk and take some pictures that has to do with Africa foods and Markets places. 5th November 2022- The 3rd two days meet up of training and editing will be on wikidata. At the end, a short questionnaire will be administered to get their opinion. They will also be urged to continue contributing in all the projects. The competition will end on 5th of November and result announced on the 12th of November and prices given to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd best participants.

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?

User: Chukydyk - will conduct the training on English Wikipedia. He will also lead other Wikipedians who will support the participants in their first edit in English Wikipedia. He is a volunteer Project lead for Wiki-activate, Wiki-Interact and Wiki-Santa where he trained new editors and existing ones on writing and editing Wikipedia articles, Wiki-commons etc. He also coordinated Wiki-lockdown during the pandemic. He participated in wikindaba 2019 as an ad-hoc committee member. She have volunteered to conduct the training

User:Inyor4mr - is a Librarian by profession and has contribute immensely on Wikipedia project, she has also trained her fellow Librarians on the some Wikimedia projects

User: Oby Ezeilo - will conduct the training on wiki commons. She will also lead other Wikipedians that will support participants in their first edit in wiki commons with my assistance. she is a test Wiki Administrator of Igbo Wiktionary. She participated in Wikindaba 2019. She is a graduate of Wikipedia Education Project Management Course conducted by the Education Greenhouse programme. She is also certified by WMF as a trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom. She had conducted several trainings and recruited so many editors into the Wiki Family. She has volunteered to conduct this training.

User: Udeb - will conduct the training on Wikidata. He will also lead other Wikipedians who will support the participants in carrying out their first edit in wikidata. Benedict Nnaemeka Udeh, is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineer. He is a programmer. He is extremely passionate about community growth, technology trends and data driven world. He is currently the Wikidata Hub coordinator for the Igbo Wikimedians User_Group in Nigeria. She has volunteered to do this training.

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.

Socioeconomic Status

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.

All participants in the training and competition will be workers of both government and private organisations

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.

Not applicable

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

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 audiences are workers who have a 9-5 job. However, we will concentrate on those who are worker of government and private companies and organisation. We will concentrate on those who are living within Abuja and neighbouring cities as the event will be a physical programme and extra 2 days online training for those who showed interest but are far from away. Because we are targeting workers who are always busy during the weekdays all our physical meetings will hold on weekends. The training sessions will be interactive ones. However, we also know that they have more time to volunteer if they properly understand the concept. There programme will be organized in such a way that there will be intermittent brakes and jokes to enable proper assimilation. The entire participant will be added to our already existing Telegram group, there they trainers and some other experienced editors will answer questions, updates and encouragement to keep volunteering to Wikimedia movement.

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

Every person who responds to the advert inviting participants will have equal opportunity to participate so far as the individual is a staff with a Company or Organization or Agency ID card

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 discussed with all the proposed trainers and they have all agreed to volunteer to conduct the training. I have also informed some communities in the following link: Wikiactivate telegram group and This is because most of the attendees will largely come from these groups.

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.

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I look forward to increasing the participation and contribution of 9-5 workers like me in the movement. We obviously have a lot to contribute in the movement. Both formal and informal discussions during the project will help all of us appreciate how we can best contribute and how workers will be encouraged to join and participate in Wikimedia movement.

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 Workers who are interested to participate The number of 9-5 who have shown interest to join the Wikimedia Movement 30
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants This number is the total number of people who we anticipate will attend the event. this include the workers , the trainers and other experienced editors that will attend. 30
Number of editors Number of workers who will attend the trainings and carry out edits 20
Number of organizers Number of Organizers 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikimedia Commons Participants will upload pictures taken from their Photowalk N/A
N/A Wikidata

Participants will be encouraged to edit already existing contents and also creating new items

Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons

Participants will upload pictures taken from their Photowalk

17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

Participants will be encouraged to edit already existing contents and not creating new one

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.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1775901 NGN

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

4211.36 USD

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

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