Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Train-the-Trainer Tour in Delta State Higher Institutions:Follow-up for GLAM-WIKI Training for Librarians and Archivists in Delta State (ID: 21983429)

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Wiki Train-the-Trainer Tour in Delta State Higher Institutions: Follow-up for GLAM-WIKI Training for Librarians and Archivists in Delta State
proposed start date2022-12-01
proposed end date2023-01-31
grant start date2022-12-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-01-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1692299 NGN
budget (USD)3916 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Nosakhare Okuons
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Nosakhare Okuons

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Nosakhare Okuons and Omorodion1



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.

Yes. I am a member of:

1. Wikimedia UserGroup Nigeria
2. Wikimedia+Libraries UserGroup
3. Delta Wikimedia Hub
4. Edo Wikimedia Hub
5. Port Harcourt Wikimedia Hub
6. Nigerian Wikibrarian Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Train-the-Trainer Tour in Delta State Higher Institutions: Follow-up for GLAM-WIKI Training for Librarians and Archivists in Delta 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.

Over the years, most academics in Nigerian tertiary institutions have held on to the notion that Wikipedia is not a good source of information and have discouraged its use by students in these institutions. This is largely because Wikipedia is crowed-sourced project and, in their opinion, `anyone` can contribute `any` information to Wikipedia, whether such information is true or not. This erroneous believe have, in fact, given lecturers, students and even some librarians negative perception of Wikipedia and as such, have affected their willingness to contribute to the project even though they directly or indirectly consume content from it. The most disturbing part is that these group of people, more often than not, lack the understanding of the structure in Wikipedia which allows for fact-checking and ensure information contributed to Wikipedia are not only true but can be verified. While many scholars from different parts of the country are gradually coming to this understanding as a result of increased awareness, many lecturers, students and even some librarians in Delta State are yet to know these facts about Wikipedia due to poor Wikimedia projects awareness in the state. The GLAM-Wiki training for Librarians in Delta State, being the first Wikimedia project training held in the state, is seen as an eye opener for many librarians and has reawakened the need for a train-the-trainer Wikipedia course in each of the major tertiary institution in the state. To this end, I will be partnering with Libraries and Librarians to organize a Wikipedia train-the-trainer Workshop at Delta State University, Abraka and Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro. These events will beam the light on Wikipedia and correct the different misconceptions held by Nigerian scholars about Wikipedia. It will include a comprehensive training on Wikipedia as well as an edit-a-thon focused on promoting Art and Feminism in the State.

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

One of the strategies for achieving the changes proposed in this project is to create awareness and sensitize the lecturers, students and librarians about Wikipedia so they can be better informed to see the true value of the project and join the movement. In addition, I believe organizing training and building capacity of scholars in Delta State is another strategy that could help address the issues discussed in this project. It is my believe that, organizing a Wikipedia train-the-trainer workshop in these institutions will go a long way in sensitizing people in the state about the structure and organization of Wikipedia and this will in turn lead to high level of acceptability and use of Wikipedia in these institutions. More so, it will create an avenue for more scholars and professionals to be recruited to join the Wikimedia Movement, as well as fill the content gap in Wikipedia.

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

1. An awareness and sensitization campaign will be carried out by the organizers and the concerned libraries in the weeks leading to the event.

2. A project page will be developed on Meta-Wiki were information about the project, as well as the suggested articles for the edit-a-thon will be documented.
3. Organize an in-person Wikipedia training in each of the institutions
4. Organize an edit-a-thon for the participants with a focus on Arts and Feminism
5. Create a dashboard for monitoring the activities of the participants using the Outreachdashboard.
6. Add participants to the Whatsapp group for continuous mentorship.
7. Help set up a Wikimedia Community in each of the two 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.

1Lib1Ref, Art+Feminism, Wiki Loves Africa

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

Yes, I have an experienced team to implement this project. They include:

1. User: Nosakhare Okuons (Volunteer Project Lead) - He is an experienced Wikimedian who has organized and facilitated several Wikimedia events in Nigeria. He organized the GLAM-Wiki training for Librarians and Archivist in Delta State.
2. User: Omorodion1 (Volunteer Facilitator) - He is an experienced Wikimedian with a high level of Wikimedia events` coordination experience. His vast knowledge and experience as a Wikimedian and a Librarian will be very useful to this project. He will join this project as a facilitator and will also support the project lead in coordinating the events.
3. Librarians in the respective libraries: Given that this event will be organized in partnership with the respective institution libraries, Library staff in these institutions will equally assist in organizing this event, especially in the area of logistics and publicity.
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, Language, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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.

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, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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 for this project will be selected Lecturers, Students and Librarians in the institutions where the workshop is to be held. These are mainly residents in Delta State and will form part of the Delta Wikimedia Hub and by extension, members of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria. These selected and interested participants will be in turn required to train others and sensitize others about Wikipedia. To this end, all engagements with the participants before, during and after the events will be done in the dedicated Whatsapp group that will be created for the project. This will also help the organizers follow-up with the participants after the event.

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

We have actively adopted the Wikimedia friendly and civility policies on all our events and platforms so as to create a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone. Additionally, volunteers are always educated on the Universal Code of Conduct within the community.

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 this project with members of the Wikimedia Community in Edo and Delta States and their advice and recommendations helped in planning this proposal. I have equally announced this proposal in the discussion page of the Edo Wikimedia Hub. See link below:

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.

This project will be organized in partnership with the respective Libraries of the institutions selected for this project (Delta State University Library and Delta State Polytechnic Library). These partners are GLAM institutions that are interested in open knowledge and has mission that align with the Wikimedia movement. These partners will primarily provide training space, projectors and public address system. Additionally, Librarians in these institution will assist in the area of logistics, advocacy and recruitment of volunteers.

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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

It is hoped that through this project, participants will gain better understanding of the workings of Wikipedia and then advocates for it use within the tertiary institution community. Thus, will there be a higher level of acceptability of Wikipedia among scholars in tertiary institution in Delta State? Will participants` perception of Wikipedia change after the events? Will lecturers, students and librarians be ready and willing to contribute to Wikipedia after this project?

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 events the total number of events to be organized across the two institutions 4
Participating Institutions Total number of institutions participating in this project 2
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The target number of participants for this project will be 80; where atleast 75% (60) of the participants will be New editors 80
Number of editors This refers to the total number of editors for this project and it include the participants (80) and the organizers (2) 82
Number of organizers Number of organizers for this event 2
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia This refers to the minimum number of Wikipedia articles created or improved during this event 100
Wikimedia Commons Number of Images to be uploaded to Commons 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 and any other relevant tools to measure the project metrics.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1692299 NGN

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

3916 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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).