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Wiki for All: Inclusive Editing for Underrepresented Groups
proposed start date2024-08-01
proposed end date2024-08-31
grant start date2024-08-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-09-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1422000 NGN
budget (USD)968.69 USD
amount recommended (USD)968.69
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• A Sulaiman Z
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

A Sulaiman Z

Organization

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki for All: Inclusive Editing for Underrepresented Groups

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

2024-08-01 - 2024-08-31

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)

Nigeria

5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Not applicable

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)

Change We Are Trying to Bring:

We aim to create a more inclusive and diverse Wikimedia community by empowering underrepresented groups, such as women, ethnic minorities, in order to actively contribute to Wikimedia projects. This change will enhance the representation of diverse perspectives and local knowledge on Wikimedia projects, making them more comprehensive and reflective of global cultures and experiences.

Main Challenges or Problems:

  • Lack of Diversity Among Contributors: Currently, the Wikimedia community lacks sufficient representation from various underrepresented groups. This results in a skewed portrayal of knowledge and cultural heritage.
  • Knowledge Gaps: Important cultural, historical, and societal information related to underrepresented groups is often missing or underrepresented on Wikimedia projects.
  • Digital Literacy: Many potential contributors lack the digital literacy skills needed to effectively edit and contribute to Wikimedia projects.
  • Sustainability: There is a need to establish a sustainable community of new editors who can continuously contribute and support future generations of contributors.

Approaches to Achieve the Change:

  • Workshops and Training Sessions: We will organize workshops and training sessions to equip participants with the necessary skills to edit Wikipedia, create new articles, and contribute to Wikimedia Commons. These sessions will cover both technical skills and editorial guidelines.
  • Edit-a-thons: By conducting focused edit-a-thons, we will create and improve articles related to the culture, history, and notable figures of underrepresented groups. These events will provide hands-on experience and immediate contributions to Wikimedia projects.
  • Mentorship Program: Establishing a mentorship program will pair new editors with experienced Wikimedians who can provide guidance, support, and encouragement. This will help new contributors overcome initial challenges and stay engaged.
  • Community Building Events: Regular meetups and community events will be organized to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and a sense of belonging among participants. These events will help build a strong and supportive community of editors.
  • Outreach and Engagement: We will engage with local organizations, community groups, and educational institutions to reach a wider audience and encourage participation from diverse backgrounds.

By addressing these challenges and implementing these approaches, we aim to create a more inclusive, diverse, and sustainable Wikimedia community that better represents global knowledge and perspectives.

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.

Planned Activities

The event will be conducted for three days, two days for physical events and one day for online event.

Day 1: Physical Event - Workshops and Community Building

  • Opening Ceremony Activity': Welcome address, introduction to the project, and overview of Wikimedia and its mission.
  • Participants: All attendees

Workshop 1: Introduction to Wikipedia Editing:

  • Description: Hands-on workshop focused on teaching participants basic Wikipedia editing techniques, including creating and editing articles.
  • Facilitator: A Sulaiman Z
  • Target Audience: Women, ethnic minorities, and individuals from underrepresented groups.

Lunch Break:

Workshop 2: Advanced Wikipedia Editing Techniques:

  • Description: Advanced training on Wikipedia editing, including citation practices, use of templates, and conflict resolution.
  • Facilitator: A'isha A Ibrahim
  • Target Audience: Women, ethnic minorities, and individuals from underrepresented groups.

Mentorship Introduction Session:

  • Description: Introduction to the mentorship program, pairing new editors with experienced mentors, and initial mentor-mentee interactions.

Facilitator: Gwanki

  • Target Audience: New editors and mentors.

Community Building Activity:

  • Description: Informal networking session to foster collaboration and community spirit among participants.
  • Activities: Networking sessions, discussion forums

Participants: All attendees

Day 2: Physical Event - Edit-a-thon and Content Creation

  • Welcome and Recap:

Activity: Recap of the previous day's activities and overview of the day's schedule.

  • Participants: All attendees

Edit-a-thon: Focus on Local Culture and History:

  • Description: Organize an edit-a-thon to create and improve articles related to local culture, history, and notable figures of underrepresented groups.
  • Facilitators: A'isha A Ibrahim, Gwanki and A Salisu
  • Focus Areas: Local culture, history, biographies of notable figures, and other topics relevant to underrepresented groups

Participants: All attendees

Lunch Break:

Edit-a-thon (continued):

Review and Feedback Session:

  • Description: Review of the articles created and improved during the edit-a-thon, feedback from facilitators, and discussion on best practices.
  • Facilitators: Gwanki and A Salisu
  • Participants: All attendees

Closing Ceremony:

  • Description: Summary of the event, acknowledgment of participants, and outline of next steps.
  • Participants: All attendees

Day 3: Online Event - Follow-up and Continued Learning

Online Q&A Session:

  • Description: Open Q&A session with facilitators to address any remaining questions and provide further guidance on Wikipedia editing.
  • Facilitators: A Sulaiman Z, A'isha A Ibrahim and Gwanki.
  • Participants: All attendees.

Online Workshop: Using Wikimedia Commons:

  • Description: Training on how to upload and manage media files on Wikimedia Commons, including licensing and categorization.
  • Facilitator: A Salisu
  • Participants: All attendees.

Online Community Meetup:

  • Description: Virtual meetup to discuss experiences, share success stories, and plan future collaborations.
  • Activities: Networking sessions, group editing projects.
  • Participants: All attendees

Final Feedback and Next Steps:

  • Description: Gathering feedback from participants, discussing future activities and continued engagement, and providing information on how to stay connected with the Wikimedia community.
  • Facilitators: A Sulaiman Z and Ibrahim Sani Mustapha
  • Participants: All attendees

Additional Activities Throughout the Project.

Mentorship Program:

  • Description: Continuous support and guidance for new editors through regular check-ins and collaborative editing sessions.
  • Structure: Mentors and mentees will have regular interactions to ensure continuous learning and engagement.

Outreach and Engagement:

  • Description: Conduct outreach activities to engage local organizations, community groups, and educational institutions. This includes presentations, informational sessions, and collaboration opportunities to encourage wider participation.

By implementing these structured activities over three days, we aim to provide comprehensive training, foster community engagement, and ensure sustainable contributions to Wikimedia projects. The mentorship program and outreach activities will support continuous learning and participation beyond the initial events.


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.

Team Description

Our team is composed of experienced Wikimedians who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the project. Below are the details of each team member, including their roles, Wikimedia usernames, and other relevant information. In addition, all team members are aware of their involvement in the project and have consented to having their details published on Meta-Wiki.

Wikimedia Username: A Sulaiman Z Role: Project Lead


Details: I'm an experienced Wikimedian editor with extensive knowledge in organizing and leading community projects. As the project lead, I will oversee all activities, coordinate with facilitators, manage logistics, and ensure the project meets its objectives. I'm a volunteer.

Wikimedia Username: Gwanki

Role: Facilitator

Details: He is an administrator on Hausa Wikipedia and Hausa Wiktionary projects with significant experience in editing and community engagement. He will lead workshops and edit-a-thons, providing guidance on advanced editing techniques and best practices. He is a volunteer.

Wikimedia Username: A'isha A Ibrahim Role: Female facilitator

Details: She is an experienced female Wikimedian who will focus on outreach to women and other underrepresented groups. She will facilitate workshops and community building events, ensuring inclusivity and diverse participation. She is a volunteer.

Wikimedia Username: Ibrahim Sani Mustapha

Role: Facilitator

Details: He is a seasoned Wikipedia editor with expertise in content creation and mentoring new editors. He will assist in workshops, edit-a-thons, and the mentorship program, providing support and feedback to participants. He is a volunteer.

Wikimedia Username: A Salisu

Role: Female facilitator

Details: She is also an experienced Wikimedian Editor , and has a strong background in Wikipedia policy and community management. She will facilitate sessions on Wikipedia editing and contribute to the mentorship program. She is a volunteer.

Additional Information

Wikimedia Group: All team members are active participants in the Wikimedia community, particularly within Hausa Wikipedia. Their collective experience and dedication to Wikimedia’s mission make them well-suited to lead this project.

Volunteer Status: All team members are contributing to this project as volunteers, demonstrating their commitment to enhancing the representation of underrepresented groups on Wikimedia projects.

By leveraging the skills and dedication of this experienced team, we aim to create a dynamic and inclusive Wikimedia community that empowers underrepresented groups and enriches the content on Wikimedia projects.

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)

Target Participants and Community Engagement

  • Target Participants: The primary target participants for this project are women, ethnic minorities from underrepresented groups. Also the participants will be drawn from local communities with a focus on those who have limited representation on Wikimedia projects, particularly those from the Hausa-speaking regions.

Engagement Before the Activities

  • Outreach Campaigns: Utilize the social media platforms, local radio stations, and community bulletin boards to spread the word. In order to collaborate with local community groups, and educational institutions to reach a broader audience.
  • Pre-registration: Set up an online registration platform for participants to sign up for the workshops and edit-a-thons in order to collect the participant information in advance to tailor the activities to their needs and interests.

During the Activities

  • Interactive Workshops: Conduct hands-on workshops that engage participants in learning and practicing Wikipedia editing skills. And use interactive and collaborative teaching methods to keep participants engaged and motivated.
  • Edit-a-thons: Organize edit-a-thons that provide a collaborative and supportive environment for participants to apply their skills. Facilitators will provide guidance and assistance throughout the edit-a-thons to ensure a productive experience.
  • Mentorship Program: Pair new editors with experienced Wikimedians who will offer ongoing support and feedback. Regular check-ins and collaborative editing sessions to maintain engagement and address any challenges which the participants may face.

After the Activities

  • Follow-up Surveys: Distribute surveys to gather feedback on the participants' experiences and the effectiveness of the activities in order to use the feedback to improve future projects and address any areas of concern.
  • Online Community Platform: Create an online platform (such as a dedicated group on social media or a messaging app) where participants can continue to communicate, share their work, and collaborate on new projects. And assign the facilitators to moderate and facilitate discussions to ensure the platform remains active and supportive.

By implementing these engagement strategies, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment that not only attracts participants from underrepresented groups but also retains their involvement in the Wikimedia community beyond the initial project activities.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)

No

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.

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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.

The project team engaged with local organizations, community members and individuals from underrepresented groups and received feedback. They also reached out to the Hausa Wikimedians User Group WhatsApp Group and other communities in the region for collaboration.

To involve the community in the planning process, the project team were discussed with Hausa Wikimedian Editors to better understand their needs and concerns regarding editing skills and representation on Wikimedian projects.

The project team documented all community engagement activities and discussions on the Hausa Wikimedian User Group on Discussion page of relevant articles on Wikipedia. They shared updates and progress reports on the Wikimedia Foundation's grant proposal review system, where they received feedback and suggestions from the broader Wikimedia community.

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Gender and diversity

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

In this project, we hope to learn and gain insights into the following areas:

  1. What are the key challenges and barriers faced by new Wikimedian editors from underrepresented groups? By understanding these specific challenges, we can tailor our support and guidance to address these issues effectively.
  2. How can we enhance the skills and knowledge of new Wikimedian editors from underrepresented groups? By identifying areas where editors require additional training or support, we can develop targeted workshops and mentoring programs to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  3. What strategies are most effective in fostering collaboration and community engagement among new Wikimedian editors? By exploring different strategies and approaches, we can identify the most effective methods for fostering collaboration, building a sense of community, and encouraging sustained engagement.
  4. How does empowering and guiding new Wikimedian editors contribute to the growth and quality of Wikimedia content related to underrepresented groups? By examining the impact of our project on the quantity and quality of Wikimedia content, we can assess the broader value and significance of empowering and guiding new editors.
  5. What are the best practices and lessons learned that can be shared with other Wikimedia communities? By documenting our experiences, challenges, and successes, we can contribute to a body of knowledge that can be shared with other Wikimedia communities, enabling them to replicate our approach or adapt it to their specific contexts.

By answering these learning questions and collecting relevant data throughout the project, we aim to gain insights that will inform our future initiatives, improve our strategies, and contribute to the growth and effectiveness of the Wikimedia community.

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 40
Number of editors 30
Number of organizers 5
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 50
Wiktionary 50
Wikisource
Wikimedia Incubator
Translatewiki
MediaWiki
Wikiquote
Wikivoyage
Wikibooks
Wikiversity
Wikinews
Wikispecies
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

N/A

19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)

No

Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
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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)

The Wikimedia foundation outreach dashboard will be use to measure each metrics.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fwD9cCc6TMUGWqPTLHSpi46AWeUg_FCE17oiHAf30x8/edit?usp=drivesdk


22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

1422000 NGN

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.

968.69 USD

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.

Yes

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  • 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).

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