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Ibjaja055/Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities
This project will support the implementation of the Movement Strategy Initiatives; Invest in Skills and Leadership Development and Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement using the 31. Global approach for local skill development - gathering data, matching peers, mentorship, recognition and Increased awareness about the Wikimedia Movement through research that will collect data on the university communities needs and priorities, engagement and mapping out plans that will address their challenges and also create a collaborative platform that will not only unite all Wikimedia editors in the Nigeria Universities before 2030 but also provide a leadership system that ensure the continuity of the project.
targetEnglish wikipedia, Hausa Wikipedia, Yoruba Wikipedia, Igbo Wikipedia and Fulfulde Wikipedia
start dateMarch 1
start year2023
end dateNovember 1
end year2023
budget (local currency)6,670,991
budget (USD)14, 850
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• muibshefiu@gmail.com• realmusaddam@gmail.com• adamugarkousman@gmail.com

Applications are not required to be in English. Please complete the application in your preferred language.

Project Goal[edit]

What will be the outputs of your project and how will those outputs contribute to advancing a specific Movement Strategy Initiative

What specific Movement Strategy Initiative does your project focus on and why? Please select one of the initiatives described here
This project will focus on these initiatives; Invest in Skills and Leadership Development and Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement using 31. Global approach for local skill development - gathering data, matching peers, mentorship, recognition and Increased awareness about the Wikimedia Movement

The university communities are intellectual communities that can enhance the goals and objectives of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy. However, only few universities out of hundreds knew about Wikimedia projects. According to report on Wikimedia User Group Nigeria metapage, only five universities currently have Wikimedia communities out of one hundred and seventy universities in Nigeria. The goal of this project is to raise awareness and create an organised platform where Wikimedia editors in the Nigerian Universities can grow sustainably and inclusively which will not only make them to be able to face the challenges of today and tomorrow but also collaborately strive for knowledge equity and knowledge as a service. We will work base on the following to:

  • Establish a methodology that maps assets and needs and generates aggregated data for deploying leadership and skills development initiatives based on the real needs of the university communities
  • Establish a service that facilitates connecting/matching peers across the Movement for teaching and learning skills (e.g. peer-learning, networking, and pooling of information from partners and allies).
  • Encourage a diversity of methods, including training, mentoring, consulting, online learning, peer-to-peer support, and events that will not only boost the existing Editors capacities in the universities but also attract new editors
  • Increase the number and diversity of University students and staff on the Wikimedia projects and create/improve Wikimedia contents
  • Raise awareness about the Wikimedia Movement, its values, achievements and projects in six Nigerian universities
  • For sustainability, a platform will be formulated where all the Wikimedia Editors in Nigerian Universities will be able to interact, collaborate, identify problems and solutions to the growth of Wikimedia editors in the university communities .

At the end of the project, we will be able to prepare the above strategies, implement effective leadership plan and sustainable platform which will not only boost the capacity of Wikimedia Editors in the Nigerian universities system but also set the pace for the generational students and staff who might join the system in the future.

Project Background[edit]

When do you intend to begin this project and when will it be completed?
March 1st, 2023
Where will your project activities be happening? Online and offline
Are you collaborating with other communities or affiliates on this project? Please provide details of how partners intend to work together to achieve the project goal.
Yes, we are collaborating with the students Union and the staff's Union. The closest organisations to the university system are the students Union and the Staff's union. The unions in the six selected universities have been contacted and they are ready to give their full support to enhance the short and long term goals of the project. The unions will be responsible for providing venue for our different offline gatherings on campuses, reaching out to students and staff for the program and also assist in research implementation.

Also, we will work with Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Fulfulde Wikimedia User Group for the translation and sharing of our final report.

What specific challenge will your project be aiming to solve? And what opportunities do you plan to take advantage of to solve the problem?
  • Identify the challenges and barriers hindering skills and leadership development within the University communities in order to address them
  • Raise general awareness about the Wikimedia projects in universities where the activities are not known and to also increase the movement activities on open source and free knowledge projects.
  • To retain and regain the interest of university staff and students who have left the projects due to lack of skills and or understanding of the Wikimedia projects
  • Tackle the negative perception about Wikipedia through outreach activities by reaching out to University staff and students who have no idea of what the projects are all about and to understands the objections that are keeping them away from editing and participating in the Wikimedia movement
Does this project aim to apply one of the examples shared in the call for grants and if so which one?
Yes, this project has applied this example, Skill Development Needs Assessment.

Project Activities[edit]

What specific activities will be carried out during this project? Please describe the specific activities that will be carried out during this project.
  • Identifying the targeted University communities: The team will come together to map out six different universities that have little or no awareness about Wikimedia foundation projects. Series of meetings will be conducted via online platforms using zoom.
  • Pre-Program Survey: After identifying the targeted universities, we will then start with surveying each university community in order to gather data which will help us understand the state of the problem and the needs of the task ahead. The team will be assisted by the students Union and staff union in each university.
  • Defining and analyzing the data: Finding out the root causes of the problems through analysis of the collected data in order to develop the best methods of addressing the problems and analyze the objection that is keeping them away, what motivation they need and how we can tackle the problem and stop it from occurring in the future.
  • Engagement: After the data collected have been analysed. We will engage the six university communities in both physical and online presentation where they will be enlightened and trained on mode of operation of Wikimedia projects
  • Post-Program Survey: Another survey will be sent to identify and recruit potential volunteers (students and staff) who are interested in broadening their editing skills from these university communities and integrate them into the platform of like minds where they will be actively mentored and engaged.
  • Prioritizing: Once the needs have been identified, we will conduct a general meeting with each university community and a follow-up discussions OnWiki to agree on the chosen priorities. The priorities will be added to our final report for implementation process.
  • Sharing: The surveys, reports needs and priorities will not only be shared on a local level among all the Languages user groups in Nigeria but also within a broader “global mapping” to help represent our region’s specific needs among the rest of the Wikimedia communities.
How do you intend to keep communities updated on the progress and outcomes of the project? Please add the names or usernames of these individuals responsible for updating the community
Who will be responsible for delivering on this project and what are their roles and responsibilities?
Ibjaja055 is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. He was the project lead of Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University Kashere.
  • Role
    • Project manager: He will be in charge of the overall project executing, organizing meetings, distributing the work and ensuring the delivery of the work.

Musaddam Idriss: is an experienced Wikimedia project editor and the co-founder of Fulfulde Wikimedia User Group.

  • Role:
    • Programmes coordinator: He will be responsible for introducing the project, coordinating engagements, promote outreach activities, networking etc.

Usmanagm: is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. He was the project lead of Wikimedia Awareness in Akko.

  • Role
    • Communication expert: He will be responsible for updating the communities about the progress of the project, write and respond to correspondences that are related to the project
  • Researcher: This will be done by an expert. He will Handle designing surveys/questionnaires to collect relevant data etc.
  • University Community representatives: These are people that will represent each of the university in pre engagement meetings
  • Translators: Volunteers from the Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Fulfulde Wikimedia User Groups.

Additional information[edit]

If your activities include community discussions, what is your plan for ensuring that the conversations are productive? Provide a link to a Friendly Space Policy or UCoC that will be implemented to support these discussions.
The Friendly space policy will be implemented.
If your activities include the use of paid online tools, please describe what tools these are and how you intend to use them.
Zoom: It will be used to conduct online meetings for the team members, the university communities representatives, the students and staff union Representatives and online feedback meetup with the participants after the engagement. The meetings will be recorded for reference purposes.
Do your activities include the translation of materials, and if so, in what languages will the translation be done? Please include details of those responsible for making the translations.
Nigeria University communities comprised of people who belonged to different tribes and speak different languages. The final report of the project and the implementation of it will be translated into the Wikimedia Languages in Nigeria which are Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Fulfulde. This will be done by their user groups
Are there any other details you would like to share? Consider providing rationale, research or community discussion outputs, and any other similar information, that will give more context on your proposed project.


After your activities are complete, we would like to understand the draft implementation plan for your community. You will be required to prepare a document detailing this plan around a movement strategy initiative. This report can be prepared through Meta-wiki using the Share your results button on this page. The report can be prepared in your language, and is not required to be written in English.

In this report, you will be asked to:

  • Provide a link to the draft implementation plan document or Wikimedia page
  • Describe what activities supported the development of the plan
  • Describe how and where you have communicated your plan to relevant communities.
  • Report on how your funding was spent

Your draft implementation plan document should address the following questions clearly:

  • What movement strategy initiative or goal are you addressing?
  • What activities will you be doing to address that initiative?
  • What do you expect will happen as a result of your activities? How do those outcomes address the movement strategy initiative?
  • How will you measure or evaluate your activities? What tools or methods will you use to evaluate your activities?

To create a draft implementation plan, we recommend the use of a logic model, which will help you and your team think about goals, activities, outcomes, and other factors in an organized way. Please refer the following resources to develop a logic model:

Please confirm below that you will be able to prepare a draft implementation plan document by the end of your grant:

  • Yes

Optionally, you are welcome to include other information you'd like to share around participation and representation in your activities. Please include any additional outcomes you would like to report on below:


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

  • Research (time needed to review, perform analysis, or investigate any information needed to support implementation ideas or planning): 3, 000 USD (up to 200 hours, at a rate of 15 USD/hour)
  • Interviews: Distribution of questionnaires, survey materials, collecting data including field work and in person gatherings: 2000 USD (up to 100 hours, at a rate of 20 USD/hour)
  • Facilitation/coordination (facilitation time including facilitator preparation, meeting facilitation time, and debriefing):2000 USD
  • Data Analysis and Documentation: document preparation, time spent on documentation of discussion and post-meeting work/report writing: 3000 USD (150 hours, at a rate of 20 USD/hour)
  • Translation: (translation costs of the final report into the four major Wikimedia Languages in Nigeria; Hausa, Igbo, Fulfulde and Yoruba): Free, it will be handled by the Wikimedia communities involved.
  • Online tools or services (subscription services for online meeting platforms, social media promotion): Paid zoom 50 USD
  • Data (internet or mobile costs for organizers or participants to access or participate in activities): 1000 USD
  • Venue or space for meeting (costs of renting a physical meeting space): Free, the universities will provide the venue
  • Transportation costs (costs of supporting organizers or participants to attend the meeting): 1000 USD
  • Meals (costs related to refreshments, lunches, or other meals during in-person activities): 2000 USD
  • Other:
    • Communications and promotions: Communication needs and promotional materials 800 USD
    • Sound system, projector, laptop, electricity and alternate power supply: Free, it will be provided by the students' and staff union.


Completing your application[edit]

Once you have completed the application, please do the following:

  • Change the application status from status=draft to status=proposed in the {{Probox}} template.
  • Contact strategy2030(_AT_)wikimedia.org to confirm your submission, as well as to request any support around your application.


An endorsement from community members (especially from outside your community) will be part of the considerations when reviewing your application. Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Strong support Strong support The Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities is an ambitious and laudable project that should be lauded for its focus on investing in skills and leadership development within the university communities of Nigeria. With only a handful of universities currently engaged with Wikimedia projects, the goal of raising awareness and creating a sustainable platform for growth and inclusivity is of paramount importance.

The proposed methodology of mapping assets and needs, and generating aggregated data to inform leadership and skills development initiatives, is a sound and data-driven approach that will ensure the real needs of these communities are met. Additionally, the establishment of a service that facilitates peer-to-peer connections and learning opportunities will serve to enhance the existing capacities of editors and attract new ones, diversifying the pool of knowledge and expertise within the Wikimedia movement. Raising awareness about the values, achievements, and projects of the Wikimedia movement within Nigerian universities is also a crucial aspect of this project. By increasing the number and diversity of students and staff engaged with these projects, and creating and improving Wikimedia content, we can work towards the goal of knowledge equity and knowledge as a service. Also, as experienced Wikipedia editors and volunteers, the three individuals proposing this project have a proven track record of successful project delivery through the recruitment of numerous editors. Their expertise and dedication to the Wikimedia movement make them well-suited to lead this important initiative, and I have every confidence in their ability to deliver on the ambitious goals of the "Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities". Their extensive experience as Wikipedia editors and volunteers demonstrates their commitment to knowledge equity and the dissemination of information to broad and diverse audiences. Furthermore, their successful execution of previous projects attests to their organization and execution skills, which will undoubtedly be invaluable assets in the successful delivery of this project. In short, I trust that with these capable and experienced individuals at the helm, the "Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities" will be a resounding success and a valuable contribution to the broader goals of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy. Finally, the formulation of a platform for interaction, collaboration, and problem-solving among Wikimedia editors in the Nigerian university system will ensure the sustainability and continuity of this project well into the future. It is my firm belief that the "Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities" is an essential and worthy endeavor that deserves to be funded. Taoheedah (talk) 18:38, 8 January 2023 (UTC)

  • Strong support Strong support I endorse this Movement Strategy Implementation Plan for Nigerian Universities because the project seeks to invest in skills and leadership development within the intellectual communities of Nigerian universities. As a proponent of knowledge equity and the democratization of information, I believe that this project has the potential to be a transformative force in the pursuit of these noble goals. Tesleemah (talk) 19:20, 8 January 2023 (UTC)

  • Strong support Strong supportSince Wikimedia foundation is a collaborative and community effort, the ability of the project to create a platform for all the Editors in Nigeria universities is a good idea. I believe the the platform will bring about what is currently missing in the university communities which are ;
  1. sustainability and expansion of the project: The project will withstand the test of time because of the community that is attached to it and according to the proposal, before 2030 all the Wikimedia editors in Nigeria Universities will be subsumed under the platform.
  2. supporting and investing in people’s needs: According to the proposal, it will be supporting both the new Editors and long-time contributors in the universities
  3. interaction with like minds
  4. connection building
  5. create a soft landing for new editors who just join the system. Abdulrahman0044 (talk) 23:18, 8 January 2023 (UTC)