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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-Thon Campaign at National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna Branch (ID: 22214045)

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Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-Thon Campaign at National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna Branch
proposed start date2024-01-31
proposed end date2024-03-15
budget (local currency)1349000 NGN
budget (USD)1758 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Iliyasu Umar
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Iliyasu Umar



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Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-Thon Campaign at National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna Branch

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

2024-01-31 - 2024-03-15

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


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)

Wikipedia campaigns have never taken place at the college, the change I will bring through this project is to recruit new editors for Hausa Wikipedia and this project is aimed at promoting awareness and usage of Wikipedia among lecturers and students. The campaign seeks to empower participants with the skills and knowledge required to contribute to Wikipedia and enhance the representation of knowledge on the platform During the event, participants are introduced to the Wikipedia concept and the importance of open knowledge. They will be taught about the principles of editing, citation guidelines, and how to create and improve articles on Wikipedia. The aim is to equip teachers and students of the college to effectively utilize Wikipedia as an educational resources. The campaign fosters collaboration and a sense community among the participants, as they work together to enhance the quality and accuracy of Hausa contents. The awareness campaign serves as a platform for lecturers and students to engage with Wikipedia and understand its potential as a learning tool by familiarizing themselves with the editing process, they can become advocates of open knowledge. Such initiatives are essential in promoting digital literacy, research skills and a culture of knowledge sharing students. These potential future teachers will contribute to the broader mission of democratizing access to information and empowering individuals to actively participate in the creation and dissemination of knowledge on Wikipedia platform to their students at their places teaching practice before graduation as well as places of work after graduation.

I have already written an official letter which I sent to the school management seeking permission to let the activity take place and hence, was received with great enthusiasm. Posters and stickers will be designed and distributed to the students at the appropriate time. A student of the college who is also my friend assisted me in reaching the school management and he is ready enough to give me every support and assistance needed for the success of this event.

I believe by engaging these potential teachers who are already willing to make impact with their words, I will increase the chance of getting more accurate narration, content creation and information about our history, culture and heritage. This will add in ensuring Wikimedia Movement Strategy is achieved and highly effective.

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.

After the awareness, the Edit-a-Thon begins which will involve hands-on training and practice session, where participants will actively edit Wikipedia articles under the guidance of invited experienced Wikimedians. These participants will be taught on how to improve existing articles, adding citations, correcting errors and contributing new Wikipedia content especially, in Hausa where needed.

Day 1: new invited participants will be guided on how to creat their Wikipedia accounts, confirming their account, and registering these accounts on the created Out reach dashboard and signing up on the project page.

Day 2: This will serve as the hands-on practical training, the participants will be taught on how to create new articles and contribute to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and wiki Commons. Edit-a-thon begins as planned, there will be an edit-a-thon for the participants to contribute to the knowledge acquired. At the end of the training, certificate of participation and awards will be issued to the participants and special award and recognition to the highest editors.

After the activities all available social media platforms will be deployed and entry log will be maintained. This log will then be used to offer award and recognition to the top editors at the end of specified period. This will go a long way in ensuring long term engagement is highly effective.

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.

I have experienced wikimedians who will help me in carrying out this project successful. Below are their wikipedia usernames and roles:

1. Username: Umar-askira: Umar is a quite experienced editor who has effectively organized more than one programs, which includes Wikipedia events. He has additionally actively participated in diverse Wikipedia projects both inside and out of doors of Kaduna.
2. Username: Ahmad Ibrahim91: Ahmad is talented in writing in general and writing of articles and has precious experience in both Wikipedia and Wikitionary throughout different sister projects. His famous remarkable competence and professionalism, especially in English Wikipedia has earned him different awards.
3. Username: M Bash Ne: Bashir possesses superb skills in both Wiktionary and Wikipedia. His excels in editing excellent and has effectively prepared numerous programs in different places.
4. Username: Musaddam Idriss: He is a person of unwavering determination and excellent talent, devoting his life to the pursuit of education. With large experience on Wikipedia, he has actively participated in severa Wikipedia meetings in addition to instructional meetings.
5. Username: B0ssladyfina: Welfare expertise
6. Hafsat Rabiu: Decoration.

They are well experienced wikimedians who lead and attend different Wikipedia projects both in their state and other states. They are also very good at leading and presenting papers, articles and books in various seminars and conference. These editors will give their own best and time in the successful completion of this project.

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)

The target participants are teachers and students of the National Teachers' Institute Kaduna and they are people from different community backgrounds. I already sent an introductory letter to the school management and was received with great enthusiasm. And I was fortunate to meet the Students Union Government (SUG) president of the college, we discussed a lot on how to organize the campaign in the school. Being an alumini of the college, I was also lucky to meet some of my lecturers who taught me in the school some years back, these teachers are happy with my initiative and promise to offer every necessary help and support in the successful of the event. It's a college that women outnumber men because woman are by nature are destined to teach and women are mostly underrepresented so I want to bridge this gap by encouraging them to participate and contribute to the contents in relation to teaching and planning required. Participants may not necessarily have the skills ad they are new in the system but I am optimistic that most of them will bring smartphones, laptops and other supportive devices that will help in the smooth running of the project to the value. I have a plan of hiring laptops computers in supporting with those that came empty hand. After the activities all available social media platforms will be created , experienced editors will be added to the platforms for online coaching and guidance.

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


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.


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.

An one-on-one discussion have taken place with the most dedicated members and stakeholders of the Hausa community. All necessary advice have been offered right from the project topic modification and the collaboration up to the reaching out to the school management, have been discussed and this was so helpful.


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)


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


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

Linguistic / Language

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

Improve User Experience

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

The area of lapses as intended to be corrected. The extent of these engagement and how the outcome will compare to the intended objective.

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 50 The target participants are teachers and students of the college and they are people from 18-70 yesrs
Number of editors 50 These are the target number of new editors of Wikimedian project
Number of organizers 10 Number of experienced editors who will help me in running and organizing the project.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons 20
Wikidata 100
Wiktionary 20
Wikimedia Incubator
Translatewiki 20
Wikiquote 5
Wikibooks 1
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
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)

Program and event Dashboard and Wikipedia Hashtag tools will be utilized to measure the metrics.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)
22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

1349000 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.

1758 USD

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