Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikimedia projects training, awareness and edit-a-thon in Tabora region (ID: 22082969)

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statusNot funded
Wikimedia projects training, awareness and edit-a-thon in Tabora region
proposed start date2023-05-13
proposed end date2023-08-13
budget (local currency)9657851 TZS
budget (USD)4151.7 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Anuary Rajabu
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Anuary Rajabu

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Anuary Rajabu, Idd ninga



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.


1. Wikimedia Community Arusha
2. Let's Connect Peer Learning Group Tanzania

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikimedia projects training, awareness and edit-a-thon in Tabora region

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.

Tabora region, is a most largest region in Tanzania, located in Western part of Tanzania with a total population of 2,291,623 millions of people according to the 2012 national census and population of 3,391,679 millions people according to the 2022 national sensus, . Also with many numbers of universities and colleges.

There has never been any training event or edit-a-thon to train people and notify them about Wikimedia projects and how they can contribute to them in Western Tanzania especially in Tabora region while there is a big demand of having it, unlike other regions in Tanzania mostly in Northern part where there has been a series of training and presence of the Wikimedia communities.

This project aim on introducing and creating awareness of the Wikimedia movements and its sister's projects amongst youths especially universities and colleges students in Tabora region. And to train them how to contribute to those projects, with a focus on different articles that do not have wide coverage on Swahili Wikipedia.

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

1. Recruiting participants across different universities and colleges and other interested youths in Tabora region.

2. Creating awareness about Wikimedia projects among participants in the Tabora region.
3.Training participants on how to contribute to the various Wikimedia projects.
4. Creating a community of Wikimedia editors in Tabora

The above approaches will allow full participation of students from different institutions and other interested youths in Tabora region, as a results we could implant and promote Wikimedia projects knowledge and awareness to many youths, contributor gaps in Swahili Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects could be bridged in such a way and also many impactful contributions will be produced in Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons etc, thus Swahili readers could gain free knowledge from all the Wikimedia projects.

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

Firstly, we will visit different universities and colleges (as we had already visiting two universities before constructing the proposal; Tabora teachers college, Archbishop Mihayo University of Tabora) before hosting events, then we will host a series of four events;

1. The first event will be an introduction to Wikimedia Movement and training on Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons. Here the participants will get to learn more about these two projects.
2. The second event will be an edit-a-thon where the participants will get a chance to have a hands on experience on what they learnt on the first event.
3. The third event will be a training on Wikidata and training on the mistakes that might have happened in the second event.
4. The forth event will be an edit-a-thon where the participants will get a Wikidata hands-on experience and get to correct the mistakes that happened in the second edit-a-thon.
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?

Yes, I have other three experienced Wikimedians from Wikimedia Community Arusha and Let's Connect Peer Learning Group Tanzania who are willing to volunteer on working with me on this project:

1. User: Anuary Rajabu, (Project Coordinator) He is an experienced Wikimedian and Certified Organizer from the Organizers Lab program, will lead the overall project development, implementation and reporting to the project on progress and status.
2. User: Idd ninga (Trainer), He is an experienced Wikimedian and administrator in Swahili Wikipedia, will provide training support in this project.
3. User: Hussein m mmbaga (Assistant Trainer), He is an experienced Wikimedian and I.T expert in real life, will provide training support and Technical support in this project.
4. User: Caroline Mshanga (Communication and logistics), She is an experienced Wikimedia and journalist in real life, will be in charge in communication and logistics in this project.
5. User: CaliBen (Advisor); He is an experienced Organizer and founder of Wikimedia Community Arusha, will be an advisor for the implementation of this project.
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.

Geography, Language, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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 aim on bridging the contents gap by translating articles from English Wikipedia to Swahili Wikipedia and updating existing articles about people, places and organizations in Tabora region, by promoting knowledge equity aligned with the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement because it will increase the investment of resources in underrepresented Wikimedia communities around the world.

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, Open Technology, Diversity

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

Geographic , 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?

This proposal is targeted at the diverse universities and colleges youths community in Tabora region, also other interested non-students youths would be welcome to join as well.

As we have already had direct conversation with leadership of some colleges and universities in Tabora; Tabora teachers colleges, Archbishop Mihayo University of Tabora and they have agreed with a great enthusiasm to provide training to some of their students( because of the budget limit we can't afford all) and some staff.

The call for participation which will be done through social media platforms and outreach program in their universities and colleges. All Participants will be sent an online form to get their data and for registration.

During the events, I and my team members will be actively involved in facilitating the training and also making sure that the participants get the act and art of contributing to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects; How to edit Wikipedia, how to add and create item on Wikidata, how to uphold media file on Wikimedia commons etc.

After the event, participants will join as members in the Wikimedia community, this will keep them updated and encourage participation during wiki events. We will conduct post event survey to collect views and feedback from our participants, also via the Whats-app and Telegram groups.

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

We will adhere to the Wikimedia-friendly space policy and Universal Code of Conduct during each event towards creating a safer, supportive and more equitable environment for participants in this project.

The training environment will also be conducive for learning and participants will get to learn in an Eco-friendly environment.

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 the Wikimedia Community of Arusha and Let's Connect Peer Learning Group Tanzania for their suggestion and inputs, we had a discusion via our Whats-app and telegram group, and all we agreed the presence of this project. I will be together with three experienced editors from these communities, as a part of my team as well.

Also the information posters, social media and internal communication channels will be used to advertise the campaign and call for participation.

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.

Our partners will be the universities and colleges and their sole purpose will be to provide participants who will take part in the program. As we have already had direct conversition with Tabora teachers colloge and Archbishop Mihayo University of Tabora and they did received our request to provide training to some of their students and some staff, we will keep finding other colleges to partner with as well.

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, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. How the campaign has created a massive awareness to the youths about the Wikimedia movement?

2. Has underrepresented knowledge been included on Wikimedia projects?
3. How many number of new editors recruited and trained during the campaign?
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
Awareness of the Wikimedia projects How and how many youths the project has created to, a massive awareness about the aims, goals and objectives of Wikimedia movements. 40
Contributions of local contents The contribution/improvement of local contents about Tabora region on Wikipedia and Wikidata. 120
New editors trained Since most of the participants will be new editors and they will be trained by experienced Wikimedian editors (trainers) in different event sessions. Here we will determine the number of new editor recruited during the campaign. 40
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total number of volunteers who will take part in the project. 44
Number of editors The total number of editor who will edit both Wikipedia and Wikidata 40
Number of organizers Team members who will be directly involved in implementing this project. 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia The total number of articles that will be created or improved on Swahili Wikipedia about places, history, administration, people, works, ethnic groups, culture, foods and tourist attractions in Tabora region 40
Wikidata The Wikidata items that will be created and improved about Tabora region 80
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.

Programs and Events Dashboard tool, also some other metrics will be collected manually

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

9657851 TZS

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

4151.7 USD

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

Please find the budget here:

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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).