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Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere
proposed start date2022-09-24
proposed end date2022-10-24
grant start date2022-09-24T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-10-24T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1040000 NGN
budget (USD)2370.07 USD
amount recommended (USD)2370.07
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Ibjaja055
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.

Ibjaja055 Gwanki Musaddam Idriss Bukky658 Tesleemah Taoheedah



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.

Hausa Wikimedia Group Wikimedia User Group Nigeria WikiProject Nigeria Group Wikimedia and Libraries User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere

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.

Federal University Kashere is one of the newest Federal Universities in the Northeastern Nigeria with thousands of students and hundreds of teaching and non teaching staff. The project will contribute in three different ways; to make Wikipedia and it's sisters' project acceptable in the University Community, to encourage and engage the students and lecturers in contributing to Wikipedia and it's sisters' project and to create Federal University of Kashere Wikimedia Community.

Making Wikipedia and Sisters' Projects acceptable in Federal University of Kashere: Despite the uniqueness and popularity of Wikipedia and it's sisters' project, many lecturers and students lack trust in the projects because of the traditional believe that anyone can edit and anything can be added to the page. Based on these reasons, they do not accept Wikipedia as sources for referencing. To tackle this issue, I and my experienced Wikimedia editors team will carry out online and offline campaign at Federal University of Kashere on the genuineness and notability of Wikimedia projects.

Encouraging and engaging students and lecturers in contributing to Wikimedia projects: Many of the students and lecturers also believed that Wikimedia projects are carried out by robots or machines and the information there is not subject to change. To tackle this issue, I and my team will raise awareness on how to use Wikimedia projects for research purposes, this will attract the university community and from there they will be taught how to generally improve wikimedia contents.

Creating Federal University of Kashere Wikimedia Community: After training the staff and students, the only way to ensure their continuity of the project is to bring them together under a platform where issues and challenges faced by them in the process of contributing to Wikimedia projects can be solved. Therefore, the sustainability of the project necessitates the creation of this platform.

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

Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere will be using the following Strategies;

Creating awareness about Wikimedia Foundation projects in Federal University of Kashere.

Training and recruiting new editors in Federal University of Kashere . Improving the skills of the existing editor (if any)

Adding or improving local contents in Nigeria on English Wikipedia and Wikipedia Common

Creating a community of Wikimedia Editors in Federal University of Kashere

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

Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere will consist of five different sessions with the establishment of Wikimedia community;

Awareness Trips - I and my team will embark on sensitisation and awareness trip by touring the premises of the University, academic offices, faculties, lecture halls and cafeterias explaining the activities of Wikipedia and Sister projects. We will share fliers and handbills containing information about Wikipedia and it's sister projects. During the process, we are going to recruit at least thirty five new editors who are willing to participate in Wikimedia projects and also connect with at least fifteen existing Wikimedia projects' editors.

Online onboarding session: This is aimed at introducing the new Wikimedia editors recruited during the awareness trip to the Wikimedia Foundation and its activities. This will also involve account creation and minor editing issues. The existing editors will also be strengthened with the session. The session will be carried out via zoom and the link will be publicised.

First Physical Workshop: This will be a one on one interaction with the fifty participants recruited. In the session, practical sessions will be hold on how to improve Wikipedia and it's sisters' projects.

Second Physical Workshop: The second Physical Workshop will involve problems solving cases. The participants who have now had the idea of how to edit will be given the chance to explain the problems they are facing and the issues will be addressed by I and my team.

Second Online Session and edit-a-thon: This will be another training session that is also aimed at fine-tuning the editing skills of the new and the existing editors. After the training, there will be a three weeks Edit-a-thon where winners will be awarded a certificate of excellence each. Also, Federal University of Kashere Wikimedia Community will be created and sustained .

Creating a group of Wikimedia editors in Federal University of Kashere

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 (please specify)

Creating awareness about Wikimedia projects,

Training wikimedia editors

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

Yes, Ibjaja055 is a an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. He is the project lead and a student of host institution (Federal University of Kashere). He has participated in different Wikimedia projects. He is the 4th highest contributor during the third edition of the African Librarians Week held from 22-29 May 2022. The First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness and Training in Gombe edit-a-thon, first Prize Winner of WikiProject Public Domain Contest in Nigeria and First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness for Librarians at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria edit-a-thon.

Gwanki is volunteer and an experienced Wikimedia editor and an Administrator on the Hausa Wikipedia. He has organised and facilitated several Wikipedia projects Awareness in Northern Nigeria. He is part of the offline facilitators.

Musaddam Idriss: He is a volunteer and an experienced Wikimedia projects editors who have successfully executed different Wikimedia projects in Northern Nigeria. He is also part of the facilitators.

Bukky658 is a volunteer and a certified trainer of the reading Wikipedia in the classroom program, the Project lead for WikiGLAM Awareness for Librarians in Kwara State, the project lead for Wikidata for Libraries and notable Librarians in Kwara State, the first prize winner of Wiki Activate 2021 and the organiser of Wikimedia Fan Club, Kwara State University Awareness Campaign. She will be the online facilitator of the project.

Tesleemah and Taoheedah are volunteers and also experienced Wikimedia projects editors who have participated in different Wikimedia projects' trainings and contests. They are also part of the facilitators and logistics arrangements.

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.

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.

Since university community comprises of different people from different regions, ethnic groups and they belong to different religions, we will focus on creating and improving articles that are related to Nigerian culture, religions and Language in Hausa Wikipedia, Yoruba Wikipedia and English Wikipedia

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

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

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Age

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 University Community is the target participants. A University Community is an intellectual community, therefore, no prior experience with Wikimedia is needed to participate. We will recruit the participants from our interactions with the student's union, writing organisations, faculty officers and lecture halls. During the project, I and the team member I will be actively involved in facilitating the training and also make sure that the participants get the required logic and knowledge of contributing to Wikipedia and sister projects. Also, we wil monitor the three weeks online edit-a-thon for the new editors to make sure that Wikipedia is not vandalised out of ignorance.

At the end, the project will contribute and support wikipedia, wikidata and wikimedia Commons in knowledge building as well as total development of wikimedia movement through relevant article development, creating more active editors and good quality photo uploading.

To ensure the sustainability of the project, we will maintain tight contact with the participants involved in the project by creating WhatsApp group titled Federal University of Kashere Wikimedia Community where issues related to the development of Wikimedia projects will be the subject matter. Also, information on the latest wikipedia events and workshops will be shared on it.

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

The Wikimedia friendly space policy will be strictly adhered to before the event starts.We will make sure we have a good space with the materials to assist participants.

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 Hausa Wikimedia Group through the WhatsApp and Telegram group, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria has been notified via the https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria#Wikimedia_Promotions_in_Federal_University_of_Kashere and I have informed WikiProject Nigeria group via this link too https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Nigeria#Wikimedia_Promotions_in_Federal_University_of_Kashere

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.

The University Academic Library: The University Academic Library will be providing free training space to host the event

The school Administrators: We are going collect permit from the school university to be able to create awareness in different parts of the school like the lecture halls, cafeterias and amusement park.

The students Union: We are going to liaise with the union in order to use their outlets (WhatsApp groups, and other social media handles) for the publication of the events and awareness.

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

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

Did the project create community awareness about Wikimedia projects in Federal University of Kashere?

Did the project train new editors to have the required skills to edit Wikimedia projects?

Was the project beneficial to the existing editors in Federal University of Kashere?

Did the participants contribute contents to Wikipedia and it's sisters' projects ?

Did the project create a sustainable group of Wikimedia editors in Federal University of Kashere?

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 Awareness Beneficiaries The total students and staff that will benefit from the awareness that will be carried out on the campus 500
Number of Editors The total number of participants that will be trained on campus 50
Number of events The total number of events and trips during the Training 5
Number of articles created or improved The total number of articles that will be created or edited during the edit-a-ton 200
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The total number of participants during the event including the students Union and delegates from the school authority 60
Number of editors 35 new editors and 15 existing editors 50
Number of organizers 6
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Articles Created or improved during the training 50
Wikimedia Commons Non copyrighted photos uploaded during the training 120
Wikidata Number of wikidata created or improved during the training 30
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.

We will be using the Hashtag tool and wmf outreachdashboard.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1040000 NGN

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

2370.07 USD

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


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