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- Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.
- Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.
Wizkid49, Abbasanusi, Saifullahi AS
- 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
- M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.
Wikipedia project Workshop and training in Katsina metropolis
- 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.
There are a lot of people wanting to edit Wikipedia but don’t know how. A lot of my friends and colleagues always ask me to teach them so they can participate. This takes significant time if done on an individual basis to train every aspiring participant. Through organized projects all of them can be taught in a much easier and programmatic way. This project therefore aims to train these people and even more who may not yet indicate interest but will when we start sending invitations. It’ll also create more awareness about free knowledge and the Wikipedia project. This project will also help fill the Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons content gap around the pertinent articles that we will create and improve during the project and pictures that we upload.
Furthermore we want to engage prospective editors from the state and beyond to become active Wikipedia contributors. This is to help them understand the movement well and further spread it to propel Wikipedia's mission to more people. This is important because the level of awareness around Wikipedia is still low in the area compared to internet penetration statistics. Knowledge of practical editing skills is even lower and we still need more Wikipedia articles and improved ones with good referencing that can be read and benefitted by people. Bringing those participants under one roof is the most effective way to achieve these goals and if properly executed the impact to the movement will be very large and beneficial to Wikipedia and free knowledge
- 2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.
We will organize a physical editing and training project. This approach is very effective because of so many reasons. Among them are the ability of quick communication and full understanding and focus on surroundings and activities during the program. Unlike zoom meetings, this approach also has the advantage that there's no network issues that will prevent full participation, internet data problems and electricity issues.
In addition, I believe organizing training with a combination of existing editors and new ones is good strategy that could help address the issues we want improve on, and it will give new ones chance to meet experienced editors to help them and answer their questions on the spot, which is much quicker and more effective than other communication channels.
The strategy of doing the event physically also has the benefit of serving as promotion of advertising of Wikimedia movement to more people, because we will share flyers and posters and also banners, even passers-by will know Wikipedia activity is taking place and that can serve as a means of spreading Wikipedia to even further places and getting more volunteers.
- 3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
We will organize an in-person editing program in a good location with stable internet provision, to edit articles, train people and discuss ways for development and other opportunities in volunteering for Wikimedia knowledge projects.
Creating 100 articles and improving, and using the opportunity to walk new people through practical editing skills development and community participation.
Post event survey to measure people's understanding of Wikipedia and editing process (we hope this will change for the better, compared to before the project). This will also give us general feedback and advice that may be the basis for follow-up projects to improve and work on other areas.
Keeping in contact through our social media groups with participants and all those who show interest in participating by the end of this training to ensure follow-up of gains realized and sustenance of editing by volunteers. We will also keep people in contact so they can improve their skills on Wikimedia projects by readily getting needed help from more experienced editors and also help to be aware of similar programs such as the ones organized by Hausa group and other people to promote Wikipedia in various states and locations.
- 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.
Other (please specify)
- Training workshop
- 5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
The team are volunteers. Abbasanusi, Wizkid49. I am the Project manager, BnHamid
- 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, Geography, Language
- 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 will provide avenue for participants to improve articles and create new ones especially related to Hausa cultural events and history and contemporary issues in the world. These issues have very shallow coverage or non-existent coverage in many cases. People will also learn editing during the project. So the project is particularly helping to reduce this content gap through creating and improving articles in these categories for greater representation of knowledge on Wikipedia.
- 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 , Diversity
- 8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?
Geographic , Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status
- 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 are all interested people from the Katsina metropolis and beyond, and also Wikimedia community members in the region. Participants will be engaged through multiple means including word of mouth, social media invitation and direct emails and calls to existing editors and prospective ones.
All participants also will be subscribed to our Telegram group where more experienced editors will answer questions, and help newcomers. There would be a follow-up survey some few weeks after the project to measure change of knowledge of participants, stay in touch and increase chances of participants to continue volunteering and also help them if they’re facing any issues relating to contributing.
A follow-up project may be organized depending on the outcomes and evaluation report documentation.
- 10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?
The project will be carried out in a place that’s accessible, conducive and safe for all participants to comfortably attend.
The Wikimedia foundation's friendly space policy, Universal Code of Conducts policies and local security and safety guidelines will be duly enforced as appropriate to make sure everyone feels welcomed, safe and comfortable throughout the duration and participates safely in the program.
- 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 notified Hausa Wikimeians UserGrup; https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Hausa_Wikimedians_User_Group#Wikipedia_workshop_and_training_in_December I have also notified Wikimedia User Group Nigeria: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria#Wikipedia_workshop_and_training_in_December I have also sent notice on our Whatsapp 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?
- 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.
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge
Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation
- 15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?
I hope to learn, through this project, about more effective strategies of improving and creating new Wikipedia articles by both new and existing users. I hope to also learn how to effectively improve content gaps on Wikipedia as well as learn from practical problems and limitations that may arise during the course of the project. I hope to learn from these perspectives through engaging the participants on the main sessions, detailed project evaluation report and also a special brainstorming session and post-project survey and feedback.
- 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
- 17. Core quantitative metrics.
|Number of participants
|The target number of all participants for this project
|Number of editors
|This refers to the total number of editors for this project
|Number of organizers
|Number of organizers and trainers for this event
|Number of articles created/improved on Wikipedia
|Number of images uploaded to Commons
- 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; https://outrachdashboard.wmflabs.org/
- 19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.
- 19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?
- 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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