Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikipedia Awareness Campaign and Wikidata training for Undergraduate students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (ID: 22022760)

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Wikipedia Awareness Campaign and Wikidata training for Undergraduate students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
proposed start date2023-01-31
proposed end date2023-02-28
budget (local currency)2177500 NGN
budget (USD)4981 USD
grant typeNonprofit organization with Wikimedia mission
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Chiemezie Atama
organization (if applicable)• Equity Watch Initiative

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Chiemezie Atama

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User:Oby Ezilo User:Beatrice Ewa User:Chikeme Chizurum User:ObinnaJEze


Equity Watch Initiative

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 Wikimedians Nigeria User Group and Igbo Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia Awareness Campaign and Wikidata training for Undergraduate students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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 University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has more than 36,000 undergraduate students and this is a good resource to leverage on to contribute to Wikimedia projects in Nigeria. However, Since the introduction of Wikimedia projects to UNN, attention has generally been focused on staff and postgraduate students leaving out the undergraduate students who make up the larger population and possess the knowledge and competence to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Engaging the undergraduate students in Wikimedia projects will provide a good ground for the use of Wikimedia products among the undergraduate students in UNN and help them to contribute to knowledge production. This project will expose the students to numerous digital and research skills that will aid their personal development as well as add to the visibility of Enugu state in particular and Nigeria in general through different Wikimedia projects. This project is also targeted at reducing the negative perception about Wikipedia among students. Because of misinformation and lack of knowledge of Wikipedia, there is a general believe that Wikipedia articles cannot be used for scholarly works. This kind of believe raise a kind of bias about Wikimedia products particularly Wikipedia. This sort of awareness among the students will help in correcting such misconceptions. Again, none of the projects that has ever been organized in UNN has ever focused on Wiki data. Thus, Wiki data is not known even among existing editors. This project will focus on raising awareness through both physical and online activities about Wikimedia projects focusing particularly on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommon among undergraduate students in University of Nigeria Nsukka. The students will be introduced to various user groups and other Wikimedia events/activities that could help them to strengthen their skills, gain more knowledge and participate effectively in knowledge generation and distributions. .

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

Our strategies in achieving these changes include:

1. Advocacy visits to the 9 faculties existing in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to have a conversation with them about Wikimedia and how both staff and students can contribute and gain from the open knowledge system. This Advocacy would also be extended to the UNESCO office in UNN. Such advocacy has the potential of opening up room for possible partnership on Wikimedia projects.
2. Organize a one day in-person sensitization and awareness campaign for undergraduate students to kick-start the project.

3. Organize and carryout two in-person trainings and one edit-a-thon for participants on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommons.
4. Organize three online trainings on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommons to follow up on the participants after the in person trainings to ensure they get very well familiarized with editing and creating, and uploading.

Our organization is domiciled in the University of Nigeria Nsukka and our work around the promotion of equity and fairness is well known and acknowledged. Therefore, these strategies would be easy for us to adopt given that we are also members of the community. Majority of E-WIN members are staff and students of the University with access to various university communication channels and platforms and disseminating information regarding the project will not be difficult.

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

1. We will develop advocacy tools. This will involve identifying what to focus on, how to deliver the message and the content of the message. The advocacy will involve the team members including facilitators and some volunteers.

2. The in-person awareness campaign will involve developing power point presentations on general knowledge about Wikimedia, including Wikimedia movement, policies and practices and also introducing the students to different Wikimedia projects. This will be mentioned to the various Deans of the faculties during the advocacy visits to ensure that students from various faculties participate. We would be very careful in planning for this event to ensure that it does not interfere with lecturers. To raise awareness about this event, we will leverage both online and physical distribution of fliers including radio announcement using the University of Nigeria radio station (Lion FM).
3. There will be two in-person hands-on keyboard training and one in- person edit-a-thon where the participants would be trained on how to edit and add contents to Wikimedia focusing particularly on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommon. This will be followed by one day in person edit-a-thon to guide them on editing and creating new contents. After which the training will be followed by 2 more online trainings for proper guide and assistance. This will be accompanied by a three weeks editing where the new editors will be given the avenue to practice what they have learnt. This will involve a contest where the first 3 highest contributors will emerge winners and they will be appreciated with a gift. Before this program, all facilitators will develop their training tools after which they will meet to access the various tools and also their readiness for the programs.
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?

Dr. Chiemezie Atama (User: Chiemezie Atama, Project Lead): she is an experienced Wikimedian, a certified trainer. Recently she participated in Wikidata training institute and a train the trainers program organized by Wikimedia Nigeria User group, she was a participant in the 2022 Wikimedians conference among others. She is the Founding Director Equity Watch Initiative and also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where our Organization is located. She has experience in organizing a similar program. She has many publications in peer reviewed journals and she is very passionate about promoting knowledge equity to reduce inequalities and discriminations.

Other team members are User: Mrs Obiageli Ezeilo (Username: Oby Ezeilo) an experienced Wikimedia has also volunteered to help in this project. Oby is the Registrar of Igbo Language and Culture Institute and the project coordinator Wiki for Senior Citizens. She has been a teacher for more than 30 years, a founding member of Igbo Wikimedia User Group; a Test Wiki Administrator for Igbo Wiktionary and Igbo Wikipedia; a graduate of the Wikipedia Greenhouse Education Project and a certified trainer, Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom. She set up a Wikipedia club at the Federal Government Girls College Buwari, Abuja and a Wiki Fan Club at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. She participated in several Wikipedia programmes including WikiIndaba Conference 2018, the Partnership Building 2021 Course and Wikimania 2022 in person event at Lagos Nigeria.

Mrs Beatric Ewa (User: Beatrice Ewa) is an experienced facilitator in Wikipedia. She is a member of Surplus People in the Universities Research Group a group of Wikimedians in University of Nigeria, Nsukka Library. She has been facilitating in virtually all Wikimedia projects in Nsukka.

User:Chikeme Chizurum is a volunteer and a Certified Wikimedia trainer. She is the coordinator University of Nigeria, Nsukka Igbo Wiki Fan club and highly experience in facilitating Wikimedia projects especially Wikidata and Wikicommon.

Obinna Jude Eze (User: ObinnaJEze) though a new editor, he is quite grounded in research experienced in project management and Coordination. He is a certified Wikimedia trainer and will be co-facilitating in this project. He will also be working with the E-WIN program manager to co-ordinate the programs.

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, Age (regency), Geography, 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.

Majority of the Undergraduate students of UNN do not know much about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. This has made it difficult for them to be part of Wikimedia movement and also led to different forms of bias about Wikipedia. This undergraduate students, though young, should be given the opportunity to contribute to part of knowledge generation. This will bridge the knowledge gap, reduce existing bias about Wikipedia and enhance student’s information and literacy skills.

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, Advocacy

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status, Age, 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 will be the undergraduate students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka including physically challenged students. However, to get the buy-in of the school authorities, we would engage the Deans of different Faculties in an advocacy program. Information will be passed through the various Deans of the Faculties to the Student Union Bodies of each Faculty and the Faculty Officers through the faculty communication and messaging channels of students to inform, remind, and send updates regarding the programs. Posters, fliers both e-copies and hardcopies will be distributed before the event. During the event, participants will be guided on how to create accounts on Meta-Wiki. After the events, participants will join as members in different existing User groups, this will keep them updated and encourage participation during Wiki events. We will also leverage our online platforms to engage participants after the event(s). Apart from Equity Watch Initiative WhatsApp platform, we have in the past created a different WhatsApp platform for our Wiki projects. The participants will be added to those platforms for follow up to ensure they continue to participate in Wikimedia projects. Through the WhatsApp group participants will receive notification for subsequent events. We shall use the platform to encourage participants about information sharing. Pictures and videos from the events will be shared through Commons, Wikipedia free repository of free use images, sounds and other media. The photos and videos will also be uploaded on our Facebook page, website, Instagram and WhatsApp 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 during the event. The policy will be summarized, projected and read before the event starts. The event premises will be safe and conducive. Wikimedia friendly space policy will also be highlifgted during the sensitization program especially during presentation on Wikimedia policy and practices.

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 made an announcement about this project among my communities; Igbo Wikimedians User Group and Wikimedians User Group Nigeria discussion pages.

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.


We would be working with the Deans of the 9 faculties at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to gain their support and ensure effective implementation of the program. We will also be reaching out to UNESCO, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Office. These engagements and advocacies may open up ways for effective collaborations and partnerships.

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I hope to learn about the following:

1. Awareness level of the students about Wikimedia projects
2. The student’s perception about Wikimedia projects before and after the events.
3. The extent to which students were making use of Wikipedia before the events and what will change after the events.
4. How I can effectively engage undergraduate students to improve and add content to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sister projects.
5. To find out the perceptions of the Deans of the various Faculties and UNESCO UNN about Wikipedia and it’s sister projects.
6. Find out from our engagement with UNESCO how we could work together to continue the Wikimedia movement strategy in UNN.
7. To know which of the Wikimedia projects is more appealing to students and which had more contributions.
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
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants We expect to have 100 participants for the awareness campaign, 40 participants for training and edit-a-thon 140
Number of editors Out of all the participants we expect to get at least 40 new editors 40
Number of organizers Six persons will work on this project to ensure effective implementation. Out of this six, four are experienced wikimedians, one is a certified trainer but not too well experienced and the sixth is E-WIN program manager who will help in coordination. 6
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Our target is to create/improve on 40 articles on wikipedia 40
Wikidata Our target is to create/improve on 40 articles on wikidata 40
Wikimedia Commons Our target is to upload 40 video/pictures on Wik common 40
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.

Number of participants Number of editors Number of activities developed Number of Deans that were able to give their buy-in Response from UNESCO Office Number of Wikipedia articles created/improved Number of Wikidata articles created/improved Number of video/picture uploaded on wikicommon

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

2177500 NGN

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

4981 USD

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

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