Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-thon at Sokoto State University of Nigeria. (ID: 22056089)

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Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-thon at Sokoto State University of Nigeria.
proposed start date2023-05-15
proposed end date2023-07-01
budget (local currency)1063439 NGN
budget (USD)2315 USD
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Abubakar Yusuf Gusau
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Abubakar Yusuf Gusau

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Abubakar Yusuf Gusau Uncle Bash 007 Alameen Khalid 200 Sanusi Gado Gwanki



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 Wikipedia User Group Nigeria Wikipedia User Group(NCPUG)

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-thon at Sokoto State University of Nigeria.

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.

Awareness is the first step in building new users support in Wikipedia. Wikipedia awareness have no way take place at Sokoto State University of Nigeria, The University is among the stylish University in Nigeria which has nearly ten thousands students whose study in the University and 90% of the students are Hausa lineage. It has been observed that utmost faculty members in Nigeria tertiary institutions don't accept Wikipedia sources for assignment references when supervising exploration work or indeed vetting students assignments. They believe that Wikipedia is an open source and anybody can edit anything there and by that Wikipedia sources aren't dependable and empirical . Also, some students don't indeed know that having knowledge of editing Wikipedia articles can help ameliorate their digital knowledge chops, exploration chops, critical thinking skill and learning new effects outside the regular academic conditioning. As a result, this project offer will acclimatize and train Academic community of Sokoto State University of Nigeria on how they can harness the colorful article on wikipedia for their exploration work and indeed get to understand how they can give dependable citations to wikipedia articles . This project will also help students and staff to successfully use Wikipedia( and other Wikimedia products) to search, access, recoup, interpret, and cover the information consumed. Goals

1. Mindset shift from not accepting Wikipedia sources as dependable to allowing students to cite Wikipedia sources.
2. Introduce and produce awareness among staff and students of Sokoto State University of Nigeria on the effective operation of Wikipedia and its sisters project such as Wikicommons, and Other wiki sister project as a tutoring, literacy and exploration tool for reacquiring, creating, and assessing


3. Train the staff and students on how they can edit wikipedia articles by adding dependable citations to articles
4. Recruit 30 new editors.
2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

In other to achieve the set pretensions, five approaches will be use and they include.

1. To organize a 2 day in- house training for the University library staff. The librarians will support in the training process and that's why they need to be train first and in turn train the students and staff.
2. To conduct a 1 day physical awareness and sensitization crusade during the inception of the project for both staff and students of Sokoto State University of Nigeria.
3. To organize ( two in- person and 2 online) training for staff and students of Sokoto State University of Nigeria.
4. To organize an edithathon where the academic community will put into practice each they've learnt.
5. Organizing meet up events at least once working on partnership deals with media agencies both digital and print.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

1. There will be a 2 days training of the staff and students where they get to know how to produce a Wikipedia account, hunt for articles that need citations using the citation quest and other editing that can be done to ameliorate a Wikipedia composition.

2. While the in- house training is ongoing, there will be a 1 day of awareness within the academy, inviting staff and students to the training. This will serve as a means of sensitization.
3. The first day of the training will be to explain the significance of having Wikipedia editing knowledge, how it can ameliorate digital knowledge chops, exploration skill, and among others to students and staff of Faculties.
4. The two days in- person training will be followed by another two days online training.
5. Edit-a-thon will follow where editors can practicalize all they've learnt and there will be some form of provocation to participants with loftiest number of edits. instruments will also be given out to editors.
6. Follow- up on all active participants to see how well they're perfecting on the chops gained during the project.
7.ensuring we get spaces for events, inviting people for training and following up to ensure they are retained within the community.
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.

1Lib1Ref, WikiGap

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

Yes. Abubakar Yusuf Gusau, Uncle Bash and Gwanki will lead the team. uncle bash is a experience Wikimedia also a facilitator which he organize and participate in Wikipedia awareness. Gwanki well experience facilitator and a editor in Hausa Wikipedia. Sanusi Gado, Alameen Khalid. These are all experience Wikimedia's, and their assistance will be invaluable to me as I try to get people to participate in the events.

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, 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 will help the students and staff to identify the knowledge gaps in the areas of culture, religion, race and other motifs of interest. The project will address the knowledge inequity by creating new articles and perfecting formerly being articles in the area of culture, religion, race and other motifs of interest. Creating a body of knowledge that is comprehensive, reliable and of high quality. doing so in a participation way open to everyone and engaging everyone across the globe.

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 , Advocacy

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Linguistic / Language

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 participants are Staff and students of Sokoto State University of Nigeria, Sokoto. Fliers will be designed to be distributed to druggies of the library and also a broadcast communication will be participated in the colorful departmental position WhatsApp groups. Also, on the academic staff WhatsApp groups, we will partake broadcast communication to invite them for the training. The participants will be guided on WhatsApp and in Zoom meetings in addition to the in- person training. inviting people for training and following up to ensure they are retained within the community.

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 rigorously stuck to. We'll also welcome opinions from individualities, groups that align with our objects. The training terrain will also be conducive for literacy and participants will get to learn in aneco-friendly terrain.

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.

1. The head of Sokoto State University of Nigeria Library is completely apprehensive. I meet him and explain to him the objective of the project and he's veritably important.

2. Staff of the library have also been insinuated about the project and they're ready and willing to support.
3. The facilitators listed over are also apprehensive and are ready to partake their knowledge with the participants.
4. The project have been blazoned on Nigeria Common Photographers group.
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 operation of Sokoto State University of Nigeria will be willing to meet with this project in the area of furnishing space for the training. They're motivated to meet because it'll be an avenue for the academic community to ameliorate on their digital knowledge chops and also help to project the University on the global space. Having this training will help to achieve the vision with systematic approach to improve satisfaction and productivity.

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, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. I hope to learn how students interact with information they reference for.

2. I hope to learn the information geste of faculty members and students.
3. I will learn working with different community and people.
4. I will also learn how this intending wikipedia editors, druggies make optimal use of information from wikipedia
5. I will learn from the facilitators about other Wikipedia systems like wikicommons, wikidata that can help to support the tutoring, literacy and exploration process of my institution.
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
N/A What's the normal of the views of the runners created at the editathon each runner collectively. 50
N/A The average period students and staff make use of wikipedia when sourcing for information 2
N/A Number of new reliable citations added to wikipedia articles 50
N/A Number of new editors that were registered and stay to contribute during and after the project 20
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants There will be at least 5 experienced editors who have been contributing to wikipedia articles. 50
Number of editors Expert and Intermediate levels of editors. 5
Number of organizers This are members of Sokoto State University of Nigeria Library staff and some other volunteers who are ready to support in actualizing the goals. 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Adding citations to articles. 20
Wikimedia Commons Adding pictures to commons. 50
Wikidata Adding content in wikidata. 50
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'll produce an outreach dashboard where we will cover the participants conditioning. It'll also be used to measure some project criteria similar as number of participants, number of articles created/ advanced, number of references added to articles, composition views amongst others. We'll also be using the hash label tool#WikiNUN.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1063439 NGN

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

2315 USD

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

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