Grants:Project/Rapid/Global Open Initiative/Activating Local Language Communities/Dagbani/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2020-21 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Winners of 'My Northern Achiever' contest 2020
'My Northern Achiever' contest winner
'My Northern Achiever' workshop in Jisonaa yili, Tamale


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

  • We were able to exceed our target for Dagbani and English Wikipedias and also recruited 13 new editors.
  • A total of 21 editors participated in the contest from October 1 to October 31 2020.
  • A total of 110 new articles and items created.
  • A total of 196 existing articles and items edited.
  • We organised 1 in-person workshop, 4 virtual workshops, and recorded 5 videos tutorials to support participants.
  • 18 photos were uploaded and used across English and Dagbani Wikipedia articles.


Please report on your original project targets. Please be sure to review and provide metrics required for Rapid Grants.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants: 10 21 editors participated in the contest We had twice the number of editors we originally targeted.
Number of Dagbani articles to create or improve: 30 44 Dagbani Wikipedia articles created and improved We added 14 additional names to the list.
Number of English articles create or improve: 30 20 English Wikipedia articles created and improved Participants did get enough reliable references and some articles got deleted or moved to draft
Number of Wikidata items create or improve: 30 43 Wikidata items created or improved We added 13 additional names to the list.
In-person training: 1 We hosted one workshop in Tamale. We hosted a physical workshop to improve the skills of contested and also recruited 4 new editors
Create awareness We promoted the campaign on social media and Television We got featured on the evening news of Northern television (NTV)
No target set partnership with Northern Television (NTV) Northern Television (NTV) agreed to promote our programs on their station for free since it promotes language from the north.
No target set Commons uploads 22 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.


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?
  • Campaign was well organised and participants understood the rules before the contest started
  • The events were well promoted. We designed flyers and promoted the events on our various social media platforms, mailing lists and Television.
  • We collaborated with teachers and students of the university of education school of languages which helped us get a lot of editors to participate in the contest.
  • We organised virtual workshops and recorded short videos to support participants.
  • What did not work so well?
  • Most participants had challenges editing on their mobile phones.
  • Most participants were editing Wikipedia for the first time so they needed in-person training instead of virtual workshops which were totally new to them.
  • We had challenges getting more reliable sources for English Wikipedia references.
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • We will organise more in-person workshops when Covid-19 restrictions are reduced or lifted.
  • We will collaborate with more institutions to increase the number of participation.
  • We hope to provide used computers to those who need them to participate in our subsequent programs.


Grant funds spent[edit]

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Grant funds spent[edit]

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Item Quantity Unit Cost (GHS) Amount (GHS)
Workshop in Jisonaa Yili, tamale
Internet Data for Workshop + Transport to Venue for facilitator 150
Water and Tissue 35
Lunch for workshop participants 164
Cost of T-shirts for my Northern Achiever Contest 26 35 910
Total Cost 1,259
Contest Gift vouhers and Data allowance
Data allowance for participants 20 100 2,000
Melcom gift vouchers for winners 8 500 4,000
Data allowance + Purchase of routers for Northern Achiever jury 6 600 3,600
Bank charges 116
Total Cost 9,600
Offline Event Organisation
Internet Data allowance for 2 virtual workshops 2 300 600
Total Cost 600

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

  • No

Anything else[edit]

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