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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikipedia training and awareness at Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (ID: 22374547)

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Wikipedia training and awareness at Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria
proposed start date2023-01-10
proposed end date2023-02-10
budget (local currency)1274000 NGN
budget (USD)1649.12 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Usmanmaifada
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia training and awareness at Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria

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

2023-01-10 - 2023-02-10

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)

Our project aims to bring about a positive change in the awareness and participation of students at Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN) in contributing to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The main challenges we are addressing include:

  • Lack of Awareness: Many students at MAAUN are not aware of the importance of Wikipedia and its sister projects as valuable sources of information.
  • Limited Wikimedia Contributions: Few students currently contribute to Wikimedia projects, resulting in a lack of representation of local knowledge and perspectives on these platforms.

To address these challenges, our main approaches include:

  • Wikipedia Workshops: We will organize workshops and training sessions to educate MAAUN students about the significance of Wikimedia projects and how they can actively contribute.
  • Awareness Campaigns: We will run awareness campaigns online and offline across the campus to promote the value of Wikipedia and encourage student participation.
  • Hands-On Editing: Participants will be guided through the process of editing Wikipedia articles, contributing images, and improving content quality.
  • Mentorship: We will provide ongoing mentorship to help students navigate the Wikimedia platform and continue contributing even after the project ends.
  • Measuring Impact: We will track the increase in the number of MAAUN students contributing to Wikimedia projects as a key indicator of success.

Our project's primary goal is to bridge the knowledge gap, empower students as contributors to Wikimedia projects, and enrich the representation of Nigerian and local knowledge on these platforms.

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.

1. Comprehensive Training Program: We will conduct a two-day training program for both staff and students. This program will equip participants with the knowledge to create Wikimedia accounts, effectively search for articles requiring citations using tools like Citation Hunt, and learn various editing techniques to enhance Wikipedia articles.

2. Awareness Session: In conjunction with the in-house training, we will organize a one-day awareness session within the school. This session will invite both staff and students to participate and serve as a means of sensitizing the wider academic community about the project and its objectives.
3. Online Training: Following the two-day in-person training, a subsequent two-day online training program will be conducted. This online component will ensure that participants have continued access to valuable resources and can further develop their Wikimedia editing skills at their own pace.
6. Edit-a-thon Event: An edit-a-thon event will be organized, allowing participants to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for practical application, and participants who demonstrate exceptional engagement and contribution will be recognized and rewarded. Certificates will also be awarded to all participants, acknowledging their active involvement in the project.
7. Ongoing Support: Active participants will receive ongoing follow-up support to assess their progress and improvement in the skills gained during the project. This follow-up initiative aims to provide continuous guidance and assistance, ensuring that participants can effectively apply their newfound knowledge in their academic pursuits and beyond.

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.
- Role: Experienced Wikimedian, Project Facilitator, and Trainer
- Details: M Bash Ne is an experienced Wikimedian with a track record of organizing Wikimedia projects in Kano and Jigawa, Nigeria. He has also facilitated various Wikimedia projects in the country. In this project, M Bash Ne will serve as a facilitator and trainer, both online and offline.
- Role: Experienced Wikimedian, Trainer, and Account Creation Guide
- Details: A Sulaiman Z is an experienced Wikimedian who will play a key role in training and guiding participants to create their Wikimedia accounts.
- Role: Facilitator
- Details: Ibrahim Sani Mustapha will also facilitate the project's activities.
- Role: Wikimedia Administrator, Project Adviser
- Details: Gwanki is an administrator at Hausa Wikipedia and will provide advisory support to the project.
  • University Facilitators (Staff and Student):
- Roles:Facilitators
- Details: There are two facilitators from the university, one being a staff member, and the other a student. The student facilitator is also one of the leaders of the students' union.
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)

Target Participants: The target participants for our project are primarily staff and students at Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN). Specifically, we aim to engage students and staff from various departments and academic communities within MAAUN.

Community Involvement: We will engage participants through the following strategies:

Before the Activities:

  • Campus Promotion: We will promote the project through posters, flyers, and announcements across the MAAUN campus to raise awareness and generate interest among potential participants.
  • Departmental Outreach: Collaborating with faculty and department heads, we will directly engage with different academic communities to encourage their participation and support.
  • Social Media: Utilizing social media platforms, we will create a project group to share information, updates, and engage with potential participants.
  • In-Person Meetings: Organize information sessions and meet-and-greet events to answer questions and build a sense of community among participants.

During the Activities:

  • Interactive Workshops: The training sessions and edit-a-thon will be interactive, fostering active engagement and participation among attendees.
  • Hands-On Guidance: Trainers and mentors will be available during activities to provide one-on-one assistance and encourage participant involvement.
  • Recognition and Rewards: We will recognize and reward exceptional contributors during the edit-a-thon, which will serve as a strong motivator for participants to stay engaged.

After the Activities:

  • Follow-Up Support: We will establish a system of follow-up support, including regular check-ins, to assess participants' progress and provide ongoing assistance.
  • Online Community: Create an WhatsApp group where participants can continue to connect, share their Wikimedia contributions, and seek help when needed.
  • Feedback Mechanism: Encourage participants to provide feedback on their experiences and areas by filling the survey where they need continued support or 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.

We engaged with our community and relevant groups, including the Kano Wikimedians WhatsApp group, through online forums, community meetings, and collaborative planning with Wikimedia groups in Nigeria. We also facilitated on-wiki discussions to gather feedback and ensure alignment with community needs and Wikimedia goals. I also shared via Hausa Wikimedians User Group Discussion page.

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)
  1. How effective are our training programs in increasing Wikipedia contributors among MAAUN students and staff?
  2. What are the main barriers and challenges that participants face in contributing to Wikimedia projects, and how can we address them effectively?
  3. What is the impact of our project on the quality and quantity of Wikipedia content related to Nigerian topics?
  4. To what extent can collaborative efforts with Wikimedia groups and the local community enhance the sustainability and reach of our project?
  5. What are the most effective methods of engaging and retaining participants in Wikimedia initiatives over the long term?
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 We wish to have fifty participants during all evet
Number of editors 35 We will make sure at least 35 of the participants can make Edits one or all of the targeted projects
Number of organizers 4 Four people will be organiser while we'll get support of advice from experience project's organiser Gwanki, and we have two other facilitors from the University.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 100
Wikimedia Incubator
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)

I will use Wikimedia Foundation's dashboard tool

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)

1274000 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.

1649.12 USD

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