Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikipedia Awareness in Zaria (ID: 22047358)

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statusNot funded
Wikipedia Awareness in Zaria
proposed start date2023-03-27
proposed end date2023-04-30
budget (local currency)755000 NGN
budget (USD)1676.41 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• sadammuhammad11234
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.

User:sadammuhammad11234 User:Yusuf Sa'adu User:Hamza DK



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 Wikimedians User Group, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia Awareness in Zaria

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.

Zaria is the second largest city in Kaduna State and one of the largest city in Northern Nigeria. Zaria is also one of the biggest Hausa state, capital of the Hausa state of Zazzau. Zaria is the home of Nigeria's biggest university Ahmadu Bello University, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Federal College of Education and other educational institutions.

There's a lack of awareness about Wikipedia and it's Sister Projects between Zaria's residents especially students. I understand that a lot of students and other people are using Wikipedia, others doesn't believe in Wikipedia's information because they think everyone can edit means everyone can put what ever they want. I will carryout this project in order to bring awareness to the people about Wikipedia and it's sister projects to gain more viewers and contributors to the mostly Hausa Wikipedia.

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

To recruit new contributors to Wikipedia especially Hausa Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. To bring awareness about Wikipedia. To create and improve articles related to Zaria city.

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

It's one month long project which will be trips, online training, offline training and Edit-a-thon.


Four days trips to the various places of Zaria city such as Ahmadu Bello University, Federal College of Education Zaria and other tertiary institutions, where me and four facilitators we will toured Zaria city sharing flyers containing important information about Wikipedia and Wikimedia Projects. Discussing with people and answering their questions related to Wikipedia. During this Trips we will take important images and upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Online Training

I will lead two online training one before the offline training and second after the offline training. The first online training is focused on introducing Wikipedia and sister projects to the participants in order to understand their understanding of Wikipedia and to know how may I help them during physical training.

The second part of online training will come after all events and it will focused on gaining participant's understanding during all events.


Edith-a-thon will be taken after completing trips and first online training. The Edit-a-thon will focused on creating and improving Zaria related articles and also upload files which we have taken during trips to Wikimedia Commons and use of them to the related articles.
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 the team of five including me, I sadammuhammad11234 will lead the event as a project's organiser with the help of

They will help me during Trips, offline and online facilitators during all events.

  • Gwanki - will be online trainer, he will be our guest during online training and also project advisor.
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, 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.

This project is only carryout in Hausa traditional state and focused in Hausa Language and cultures. All images and articles to be improved during the event will be related to Hausa state, cultures and language.

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.

Not applicable

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

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, 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?

Our target participants are mostly students and people of Zaria city. I will engage the participants best way during project's four days trips when we shared pamphlets. The other way is creating WhatsApp group in which I will add all interested member. I will also follow up the participants during last online training where I will learn what they've learned and what they need, next i will continue follow up on our WhatsApp Group.

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

The General friendly space policy for Wikimedia events will be summarized and to be read at the beginning of each event to remind the participants and the organizers of the importance of a friendly space policy. We will also distribute The Wikimedia-friendly space policy and UCoC before all events.

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.

My communities will know in our Hausa Wikimedians General WhatsApp group and Discussion pages of Hausa Wikimedians User Group and Hausa Wikipedia.

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.

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.

Improve User Experience, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

By the end o the project i would like to understand if the participants can give their contributions to Wikipedia and Wikidata. If the project improve Zaria releted articles with photos and other information. I also would like to understand if the project will improve the understanding of existence editors.

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 events It,s seven days long, four days trips, two days online training and one day offine training. 7
People reached This project is aimed to reached 1000+ people during trips. 1000
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total Number of training participants during offline workshop 35
Number of editors By the end of the project I would like to learn people have awareness about Wikipedia as a good source of information, the training participants can make their contribution to at least one Wikimedia project, the awareness reached across Zaria city and educational institutions around Zaria. 30
Number of organizers I'm the project's organiser with the help of four facilitators 1
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Articles to be improved 50
Wikimedia Commons Files to be uploaded mostly photos and audio files 100
Wikidata Wikidata Items to be improved 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.

I will use Wikimedia Foundation dashbord to track participants contributions.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

755000 NGN

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

1676.41 USD

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

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.


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