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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2018-19 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Ursula Zage presenting at the Wikipedia Workshop at the 2018 Africa Summit for Women and Girls in Tech
Wikipedia Workshop participants at the 2018 Africa Summit for Women and Girls in Tech
Wikipedia Workshop participants at the 2018 Africa Summit for Women and Girls in Tech


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes we were able to create awareness of Wikimedia Projects among the participants that attended the summit. We also succeeded in recruiting about 30 new editors. It was great being hosted at a women's gathering where the challenge and steps to bridging the digital gender gap were discussed. The summit organizers were very helpful in providing two spacious rooms with projectors at Labadi beach for the English and French Wikipedia workshops.However, many of the participants did not bring their laptops as we requested in the conference communication materials.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
20 or more attendees about 80 attendees The summit organizers structured the workshops such that participants could rotate between workshops. So we had different sets of attendees showing up for the three days, about 20 participants for each day.
20 or more editors about 30 editors We were able to recruit 30 new editors, who made their first edits on Wikipedia.
Create 5 new articles and improve 10 Created 2 new articles Only few of the participants brought their laptops and so they were unable to apply what we thought them there and then by creating articles or improving existing ones.
2 or more partners 3 potential partners We are currently in communication with Isaac Keldzi of African Feeds(a news portal), the CEO of Ghana Code Club (Ernestina Appiah) and the IFAP chair (Dorothy Gordon) concerning future collaborations. African feeds has agreed to support us with an upcoming research project, the IFAP is helping us acquire an ICT lab to run the Twi Wikpedia Translatathon and Ernestina Appiah is interested in organizing a Wikipedia Training workshop for the girls of Ghana Code Club.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  • What did not work so well?
  • What would you do differently next time?

The attendance was good and it was so wonderful meeting potential partners. However, many of the attendees did not bring their laptops and so we were unable to get them to create and improve existing articles. Most of them used their phones to create accounts on Wikipeda which wasn't easy. We tried to avoid this as much s possible by sending reminders through the conference communication materials. Secondly, the workshops were structured such that we had two hours each day; Day 1 and Day 2, we had different set of participants showing up and so we had to repeat what was thought on day 1 to the new set of participants. This structure did not give us enough time to take participants from knowing nothing about Wikipedia to creating their first articles. Next time, we would focus more on teaching participants how to edit and improve existing articles instead of creating new ones.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  1. Transportation for 2 = $80
  2. Feeding = $100
  3. Miscellaneous supplies = $100 (printing stickers and pins)

Remaining funds[edit]

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of $42 USD were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/Celestinesucess/Twi Wikipedia Translatathon.

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

We have 42 USD remaining. We would like to retain funds to support upcoming projects like the Twi Wikipedia Translatathon.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

  1. added 82 images to commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:ASWT_Editathon
  2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Celestinesucess/African_Summit_Edit-a-thon
  3. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ASWT_Editathon/Accra
  4. I would like to say a big thank you to the organizers of the summit, Georgina Fields, Jack Rabah and the Wikimedia Foundation for this opportunity to lead the workshop at the summit.