Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/ Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom in Morocco (2nd edition, 2022)

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Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom in Morocco (2nd edition, 2022)
- Introduce teachers to the communities and practices behind Wikipedia.
  • Provide MIL skills to teachers.
  • Changing the perception of teachers about Wikipedia and encouraging its use as an educational tool in the classrooms.
  • Encourage teachers and their students to become active contributors and join the Moroccan user group.
  • Enlarge the activities of Wikimedia Morocco to touch new backgrounds (rural and urban areas), and add more diversity to the group.
start date2022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2022-08-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)323386 MAD
budget (USD)35614 USD
amount recommended (USD)35614
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionMEA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalReda benkhadra - Anass Sedrati – Abdeaitali – Rachidourkia – Farajiibrahim - Soukaina Abelhad – Mounir NEDDI
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia MA User Group

Midpoint Learning Report 

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

Reda benkhadra - Anass Sedrati – Abdeaitali – Rachidourkia – Farajiibrahim - Soukaina Abelhad – Mounir NEDDI

Organization:

Wikimedia MA User Group

Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?

No

Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?

N/A

Organization details[edit]

What is your organization or group's mission?

Wikimedia MA User Group seeks to contribute actively to the dissemination, improvement and advancement of free knowledge and culture through the development and distribution of encyclopedias, collections of quotations, books and other educational compilations of documents, especially in the languages spoken in Morocco. More details can be found on our meta-page.

If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)

Wikimedia Morocco user group has several social media accounts on various platforms, these include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as a comprehensive Meta page that is regularly updated.

Facebook: @WikimediaMAUserGroup Twitter: @Wikimedia_MA Instagram: wikimedia_ma Meta: Wikimedia MA User Group

Grant proposal[edit]

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

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom in Morocco (2nd edition, 2022)

Where will this proposal be implemented?

Morocco

Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)

Local

If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

What are the main challenges you are trying to solve and your proposed solution?

This project aims to solve the following challenges:
  • Misinformation and fake-news on the internet
  • Low digital literacy rate in Morocco
  • Wrong image about Wikipedia among the teachers and teaching them how to use it as an educational tool.
  • Low participation in free content creation in Morocco

The solution that we propose is to train teachers about Wikipedia, so that they can use it in the classroom. This will help address the problems mentioned above, as the pilot version of the project (run in Morocco in 2020) [1] gave very encouraging results.

During a time where disinformation and misinformation tend to run rampant, this project aims to teach educators thus students media and information literacy skills using Wikipedia in order for them to be able to build critical thinking and not be an easy victim of misinformation.

The project aims also to shift attitudes towards Wikipedia in order to use it as a reliable educational tool in the classrooms.

Imagine a place where all teachers can use Wikipedia to help their students develop MIL (Media and Information Literacy skills set by UNESCO) [2] competencies by learning to: establish their information needs; search for information from diverse sources; evaluate information and media content; and understand how information is created. As a consequence, students gain agency in the digital space and their information consumption habits are improved. Additionally, students gain the foundations needed to have a more active role contributing content to Wikipedia in the future - they can go from passive consumers of information to active creators of knowledge for the common good.

We believe that gaining the trust of teachers and including Wikipedia in the classrooms will have several positive outcomes, including building a strong new generation of wikipedians, bridging the digital literacy gap in our country, and strengthening the critical thinking abilities for students.

[1] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Reading_Wikipedia_Final_Report.pdf [2] https://en.unesco.org/themes/media-and-information-literacy

What is the main objective of your proposal?

- Introduce teachers to the communities and practices behind Wikipedia.
  • Provide MIL skills to teachers.
  • Changing the perception of teachers about Wikipedia and encouraging its use as an educational tool in the classrooms.
  • Encourage teachers and their students to become active contributors and join the Moroccan user group.
  • Enlarge the activities of Wikimedia Morocco to touch new backgrounds (rural and urban areas), and add more diversity to the group.

Describe your main strategies to achieve this objective and the main activities you will be developing as part of these strategies.

Main strategies to achieve this objective:
  • Use the three previous modules from the pilot project and add a new one dedicated to editing on Wikipedia.
  • Module 1:

MIL competency: search and access to information Learning outcome: able to incorporate wikipedia as a learning tool and evaluate the use of wikipedia to access information

  • Module 2:

MIL competency: Understanding and evaluation of information Learning outcome: able to analyze article's quality using wikipedia's pillars and guiding principles.

  • Module 3:

MIL competency: Creating and monitoring information Learning outcome: able to explain ways one can contribute to free knowledge

  • Module 4:

MIL competency: Creating and monitoring information Learning outcome: able to make first contributions to wikipedia

  • Retain teachers through various actions (see question 18)
  • Provide support to teachers during and after training, with a special attention to those in rural areas.
  • Organize two types of activities as part of the project: weekly virtual sessions (phase one) and a face-to-face workshop to train teachers (phase two).
  • Recruit a strong team skilled on many levels:

a) Two previous certified trainers on the pilot program that was led by the educational team of the Wikimedia Foundation b) Coordinators with high communication and organization skills c) Team members that master all the different language variants in Morocco (Tachelhit, Tarifit, Darija) to include all regions. d) User group members and advisors with mentoring/teaching experience on a national and international level (2 PhDs, one mentor, university professors and students in international relations).

  • Collaborate with the association “Reading Network in Morocco”, who has a large network of contacts, especially within the educational field in Morocco.
  • Use innovative ways to attract teachers through social media and setting selection criteria
  • Pre-organisation and tasks splitting between all team members, with project management skills available in the team.
  • Providing learning pathways and certification for participants.

Please state if you will be carrying out any of these activities within your programs? Select all that apply.

Organizing Meet-up online, Organizing Meet-up offline, Workshops, Edit-A-Thons, Train-the-Trainer, Conference/Event Organizing

Are you running any in-person events or activities?

Yes
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hUIE6QpHlCJlXsHgsHfZaBt9wystiEBYsOyAi01I5zw/edit#gid=1830216932

Please state if your proposal aims to work on any of the identified content knowledge gaps?

Content Gender gap, Age (regency) , Geography, Language, Socioeconomic Status

Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.

Education, Advocacy, Diversity

Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.

Gender Identity, Geographic , Socioeconomic status, Age, Digital Access

Please tell us more about your target participants.

Target participants are teachers who are currently active, and that will be trained by our team to be skilled in using Wikipedia and disseminating this knowledge later in their classes.

Specific requirements to participate:

  • The participant should be a teacher in primary, secondary or high school
  • The participant should dedicate at least 2 hours a week for this program and must commit to the activities and requirements

Strategies to retain participants:

  • Continuous monitoring for the teachers about their advancement
  • Set one to one meetings/calls with the teachers that seem to face difficulties
  • Collecting feedback during the program in order to improve it
  • Creating polls for some decisions (time/day of training that suits everyone, etc)
  • Organizing a meet-up by the end of the training to do a workshop on-site and getting to know each others in person (that would motivate them to finish the trainings)
  • Organizing a ceremony to celebrate the teachers who finished all the requirements and inviting the educational team of Wikimedia to the celebration.
  • Providing continuous support even after the end of the program in order to spread the knowledge and help them become trainers in their schools.
  • Invite the highly committed teachers to our future events as a user group (ex: Editathons etc)
  • Invite the active teacher to join the Wikimedia Morocco User group and become full members.
  • Connect the teachers with other Wikimedians in the education sector around the world, inform them about the Wikimedia Education team, and about the user group working specifically on education.
  • Clarify the project goals to teachers, as well as its impact on the local community and globally.

Do you have plans to work with other Wikimedia communities, groups or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?

No

Please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

We will inform the Wikimedia community about this project through our community, Wikimedia communication platforms, our social media pages, and using different relevant mailing lists as well as village pump and relevant discussion pages.

Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?

Yes

Please describe these partnerships.

As part of this project, we will be mainly in partnership with “Reading Network in Morocco”. One of the most important resources that are provided by the partner is the diverse and large network of contacts which includes, among others, teachers, professors, officials from the ministry of education, university students, volunteers and media contacts. This large network provides a wide range of skills that will be useful throughout the project such as experience in event organization and logistics. Another important aspect of the partnership is the fiscal sponsorship of the project which will facilitate a number of legal and administrative matters which otherwise would be difficult for our user group, a not registered organization in Morocco, to do alone.

How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

Once the project is finalized, the team projects to conduct a number of activities that will be considered in the continuation of “Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom”. Some of these activities are:
  • Initiate a discussion with the ministry of education in order to start a potential partnership, using the project as a case to motivate the need for a collaboration.
  • Starting the creation of Wikipedia clubs in schools where teachers who benefited from the program are working.
  • Launch a third edition of the program, with more ambitious objectives in terms of diversity, outreach as well as covered thematics.
  • Support and advise other Wikimedia affiliates who would like to implement this project in their countries, and who would like to benefit from our experience in the domain.
  • Provide documentation and tutorials that can be used to implement similar projects in other regions, or to be used by future teams, in order to manage our internal knowledge in a wise manner.

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

We have created a strong team within the user group, with a number of key skills and sharp expertise, in order to ensure a successful implementation of this second version of Reading Wikipedia in the classroom in Morocco. The team includes 8 people, 4 of which will be contractors, while 4 are volunteer advisors.

Two members have a strong previous experience in organizing a similar program (in collaboration with the WMF education team), while others have insights in project management, general organization, communication, Wikimedia movement and Wikipedia editing knowledge, as well as finance and partnerships.

The team members are the following:

  • Mounir Neddi (User:Mounir Neddi): Project coordinator
  • Brahim Faraji (User:Farajiibrahim): Project assistant
  • Abelhad Soukaina (User:Soukaina Abelhad): Communication officer
  • Rachid Ourkia (User:Rachidourkia ): Responsible for logistics and training sessions
  • Anass Sedrati (User:Anass Sedrati): Advisor
  • Reda Benkhadra (User:Reda benkhadra): Advisor
  • Abderrahman Ait Ali (User:Abdeaitali): Advisor
  • Rachida Roky (User:رشيدة رقي) : Advisor

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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here. (optional)      

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

Through our work in this fund proposal, we would like to learn several aspects related to this experience, so that we can adjust and improve our work in the future. The main questions that we hope to have answered after completing the project are:
  • How can teachers change their perception about Wikipedia? What are the strongest arguments that help in that?
  • What are the best strategies to retain teachers in the Wikimedia community?
  • What are the best metrics to be used in education projects? Especially those performed in the classroom?
  • What are the best techniques used by teachers to encourage students to participate and contribute to Wikimedia projects?
  • Did the program answer the expectations of the teachers?
  • How many of them are willing to use Wikipedia in their classroom?

Core Metrics[edit]

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Teachers who will participate to the program 100
Number of editors People who will be writing in Wikipedia either during or after the program 40
Number of organizers People involved in the organization and implementation of the program and its different activities 8
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia New Wikipedia articles that will be generated as a consequence of this program 40
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If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

N/A

Additional Metrics[edit]

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities Teachers who will continue as active editors after one month of the end of the program 5
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities People who will continue being active in Wikimedia movement after 1
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability Reading network in Morocco is considered as a strategic partner, given its very extended network, as well as the number of members within it, who are interested in free knowledge, who can become a strong ally for us, as well as an important source of volunteers and editors in the future. 1
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors Surveys from participating teachers. We intend to have 3 surveys, one at the beginning (to know the expectations), one in the middle (to see how it goes), and one at the end (to see what worked well and what could be improved) 3
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees We are planning to work on gender, geographic and socioeconomic diversity within the teachers of Morocco, by targeting female teachers, as well as teachers living in different regions of the country, including the rural ones with low digital literacy and difficult access to the Internet.

Target: 40% of female teachers participating 10% of teachers based in rural areas Teachers from at least 6 regions of morocco (among the total of 12 regions)

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Number of people reached through social media publications Number of new followers of Wikimedia Morocco on social media. In addition to the new people, the group will use paid advertisements, and try to touch as many people as possible. 500
Number of activities developed Zoom sessions

In person Event One-on-one calls with teachers requesting them

Target: 20 online sessions on Zoom (1 session of 2 hours per week for 5 months). 1 in-person event 10 One-on-one calls/meetups

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Number of volunteer hours Number of volunteer hours from the organizers, mostly the project advisors, but also editors who will help in sessions. 100
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What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impact of your work? (optional)

Some other information that will be collected during the activities:
  • Attendance: how many & who are the participants are present/absent
  • Interactivity: involvement and attention such as when asking questions or making comments
  • Gender and regional distributions
  • Feedback survey

What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

We will use several tools to measure our different metrics, these include:
  • Surveys
  • Interviews with teachers
  • Statistics about the attendance and continuous participation, engagement of the teachers

How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?

Make a short presentation of the experience, Share results on social media, Share results with our communities, Participate in one on one peer sharing session with other grantees, Share it on Meta-Wiki

Financial Proposal[edit]

What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

323386 MAD

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

35614 USD

Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      

No

If you have calculated it, please provide an estimate of the year 2 or year 3 request.

N/A

Please share your budget for this proposal.  

Please find a detailed budget table below, including the costs of organizing, staff, internet, memory cards, the expenses of organizing the hackathon, printing, prizes, transportation, and other things at the answer of question 36.

Link to budget document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OSqZEKJX1YCnGkEFJfVnzza-M0wr1daQ/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108870512907320255089&rtpof=true&sd=true

What do you do to make sure there is a good management of funds?

To make sure of the good management of the allocated funds, a follow-up of the different expenses will be done on a continuous and regular basis by a steering group made of experienced volunteer project advisors. Supported by the advisors, the project team will be responsible for monitoring the follow-up procedure and will compile the expenses and their proofs in a financial report that will be submitted at the end of the project.

The project team intends also to request meetings with the WMF education team to provide best practices and any eventual feedback while the program will be ongoing.

How will you contribute towards creating a supportive environment for participants using the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy?

During all phases of the project, the project team will strictly respect the general principles of human rights, and ensure a healthy environment that includes respect and equality. The friendly space policy and UCOC will be presented to all the participants during the first introduction session, as well as during the in-person event. A team member will be designated as security officer so that participants could reach out to them in case of any eventual problem, concern, or worry that they have.

During their communication, team members will use as simple and inclusive language as possible, in order to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all participants, no matter their background. Mutual respect will be the rule, and workshops will encourage editing on important topics within this spirit, including: equality, gender gap, social justice, the environment, and climate change.

Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Staffing plan or organogram:
Other public document(s):

Final Message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

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

Yes

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