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Wikimedia Awareness and Training in Federal college of Education (Technical).
proposed start date2023-05-09
proposed end date2023-06-09
grant start date2023-05-23T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-06-23T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)996600 NGN
budget (USD)2161.67 USD
amount recommended (USD)2161.67
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Meritkosy
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

African Librarian, Ngostary2k, Atibrarian, Salis062, Umar2z



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 User Group Nigeria, Igbo Wikimedians User Group, Nigerian Wikibrarian Community and Wikimedia User Group Nigeria(WUGN), Northeast Network.

Grant Proposal

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

Wikimedia Awareness and Training in Federal college of Education (Technical).

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 aim of this project is to raise awareness of Wikimedia projects in FCE (T) community among the librarians and library students of the Federal college of Education and promote active participation of librarians( who are also academics) and library students of the institution in the forth coming 1lib 1ref. Wrong information can be misleading and as librarians, they are the custodians of information and will contribute in adding credible and reliable sources to Wikipedia articles. This will go a long way to engendering Wikimedia projects - Wikipedia - in school as well as to emphasize the importance of open education resources, adoption, and utilization in teaching and learning. Furthermore, this project will help attract more Academics to open access/knowledge initiatives and contribution of quality encyclopedic contents, references (1Lib1Ref), and GLAM (history, culture, tradition, languages, and valuable images) to Wikipedia and Commons to enhance the visibility (openness) and access to information. The overall plan and focus is on the college community, the main targets are librarians who are also academic members, library students also get involved. More so, this project will help recruit and increase the participation of librarians and library students in the Northeast part of Nigerian for this year's 1Lib 1Ref, because there has been little participation of librarians and library students from this part of the Nigeria actively participating in 1Lib 1 Ref.

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

The main approaches/strategies are: Creating Awareness: awareness drive will be initiated within the school community - librarians, and library students. Recruiting and Training: members of the school community will be recruited and trained Edit-a-thon: this will enable the recruited and trained participants to put the knowledge acquired to use - hands- on experience.

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

I will be developing and delivering two online and two off-line trainings which will last for a month and will be carried out as follows: Awareness Drive: This is necessary to engender Wikimedia projects among the school community. Various stakeholders and department will be visited within the schools. Posters and flyers will be utilized for far reaching promotion and recruitment amongst the students.

Training: After the awareness drive and recruitment of librarians and students, training sessions will follow both online and offline to ground the prospective participant in basics and advanced contribution activities to Wikimedia projects - Wikipedia, Commons, Wikidata, etc. The trainings days will be as follow:

Day 1: This session will be an online session which will serve as an onboarding session. An experienced Wikimedian and academician will be handling this session. This will help to engender Wikimedia projects to the academic community and the need for their involvement as academicians.

Day 2: this will entail "how to navigate Wikipedia space and safety tips". Prospective participants will be guided to creating Wikipedia account, confirming their account, registering on the dashboard and signing up on the project page. Furthermore, they will be exposed to basic editing activities.

Day 3: this serves as the first physical meeting, the participants will be taught how to create new articles from scratch, contribute to Wikidate and Commons. Edit-a-thon: As stated earlier, there will be a edit-a-thon for the participants to put the knowledge acquired in use. At the end of the edit-a-thon, certificate of participation and branded souvenir will be provided to the top contributors.

Day 4: this will be closing session of the month long training and edit-a-thon where certificates of participation will be given to participants and branded souvenir for top contributors.

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.

Other, 1Lib1Ref

Awareness creation about Wikimedia projects, recruiting editors and training.
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Yes, I have experienced editors who will aid me in executing this project and their Wikipedia username names are listed below:

1. Meritkosy is the project lead and a fellow of the Wikipedia in African Libraries(WikiAfLIB) and the president of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, Northeast Network. She is a top contributor and participant in several AfLIA led Wiki training for African librarians - Basics of Wikipedia Editing Learning Circle, African Librarians Week, 1Lib1Ref - Wiki Loves Libraries Nigeria, African Youth Month 2022 Wikidata Training, etc. She will facilitate on wikidata and wiki commons.
2. African librarian is an experienced Wikimedian and trainer who has led over 20 Wikimedia training and taught over 2000 editors, Wikimedian of the Year awardee. She will be available to facilitate online for the training and keynote speaker.
3. Ngostary2k is a librarian and the president of Wikimedia UG Nigeria/Anambra Network. She is an experienced Wikimedian trainer and editor. She will be available to facilitate an online on "how to navigate Wikipedia space and safety tips and content policy".
4. Atibrarian is an experienced wikimedian, a fellow of the Wikipedia in African Libraries (WikiAfLIB), and a certified trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program. He will available to facilitate a session on how to create an article from scratch, improving an existing article.
5. Umar2z and Salis062 will serve as volunteers to assist during physical and online 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.

Content Gender gap, Geography, 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.

The project is aimed at creating awareness of Wikimedia projects among FCE librarians in Gombe, as librarians and custodians of information, they will help in adding credible references to Wikipedia articles that lacks citations especially contents that they have knowledge about. It will also create an opportunity for librarians in the community to actively participate in 1 Lib 1 Ref.

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 , Open Technology

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Socioeconomic status, 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 participants are librarians of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, in most cases librarians are also academicians and also library students in the school community. That is to say, the major target are librarians and library students in the school community though not ruling out other prospective participants. The school community will be communicated to by writing the institution’s management about the programme and benefits to the school community, and to ensure effective reach, fliers and banners will be given out to librarians/academics and student forum of the school. For follow up during and after activities, a WhatsApp group will be created specifically for prompt communication. To ensure continuity, sustainability and continuous development of members capacity, there will be onboarding to librarians among them will be onboarded to Nigerian Wikibrarian community WhatsApp group. 30 participants are targeted for this program.

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

The Wikimedia general friendly space and UCoC policy will be summarized and read before the event sessions to serve as a reminder of acceptable behaviors for healthy interactions and learning space.

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 UG Nigeria for suggestions and inputs. The link can be accessed here. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria#Wikimedia_Awareness_and_Training_in_Federal_College_of_Education_(T)_2

I also informed the wikiProject Nigeria. The link can be accessed here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Nigeria#Community_Notification:_Wikimedia_Awareness_and_Training_in_Federal_College_of_Education_(T)

The notification to Wikimedia and Libraries User Group can be accessed through this link. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_and_Libraries_User_Group#Notification:_Wikimedia_Awareness_and_Training_in_Federal_College_of_Education_(T)

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, Improve User Experience, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation

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

• Did the project create awareness among targeted community?

  • What is their perception of Wikipedia?
  • Did the programme meet their expectations?
  • How to effectively recruit and train new editors for sustainability
  • Did the project improve their digital skills to contribute to Wikimedia projects?
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
Creating awareness The total number of people reached online and offline to promote the wikimedia project objectives 300
Number of Editors The total number of participants that will be trained. 30
Total numbers of articles improved or created created The total numbers of articles improved or created during the edit-a-thon 100
Number of events The total number of events during the month long training 4
N/A N/A 0
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The target participants are Librarians/academics and students from FCE(T) ranging from the age of 18-60 years and they are staff of the institution 30
Number of editors These are the targets number of new editors of Wikimedia projects. 30
Number of organizers Number of experienced editors who will run and organize the projects. 6
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 100
Wikidata N/A 100
Wikimedia Commons N/A 100
Wiktionary N/A N/A
Wikivoyage N/A N/A
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.

The program and event dashboard and Wikimedia hashtag tools will be used to measure the metric in order to ensure that the set target was met.

Financial Proposal

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

996600 NGN

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

2161.67 USD

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