Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Nigeria Foudation Inc/Visibility Project/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.


The visibility project:Labour migration in Africa

Goals

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

 Goals were partly met.

Outcome

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


Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
5 trainings in 3 major community in Africa (English, Arabic and French) Webinar Session was held only in English while, Mentoring program was held in all the three languages
Number of participants: 100 across Africa 35 participants took place in the proogram.
  1. Arabic community
  2. English community
  3. French community
Number of new editors: 20 editors 35 new editor participated in the training. See table 2 above
Number of articles created or improved: 50 articles 18 new articles were created , 45 articles were improved. See the gallery in table 2
Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) 35 See the gallery in table 2


Learning

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What worked well?

1. Diversity of participants and trainers

We selected participants from the three language-speaking countries, including Nigeria, Algeria and Cameroon. Also, the diversity of the participants during the training and mentoring session provided a platform for networking.

2. Diversity of trainers

We selected trainers from 4 countries, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon and Algeria. The trainers were experienced members of the Wikimedia community with a track record of leading similar training in their respective Communities. This diversity of trainers worked well during the mentorship session as well.

3. Patnership with journalists

There is a huge gap between encyclopedists and journalists. Journalists and their works are important to Wikipedia as we rely on contents published by them to write the encyclopedia. This partnership worked well as it created a platform for us to learn more about their works, and what we share in common as content writers. The pre-and post-meeting worked well.

4. WhatsApp group for coordination

Identifying the easiest and cost-efficient means of coordination was challenging, but the use of WhatsApp worked well. It is easily accessible, cheap, and popular among the participants and trainers. It was easy for mentors to timely respond to questions from the participants and, provide feedback on performance.

5. There is a good communication flow between the organizing team and the facilitators

6 There was regular follow up throughout the project and, things were even changed in an attempt to improve the situation

7. The interest of some participants:

Though they were not many, I appreciate the fact that there were a few participants who were interested and passionate about the project and Wikimedia in general and were willing to learn.

8 Dedication of facilitator:

Some of the facilitators invested extra time to organise an online session for the participants who were not available during training.

What did not work so well?

1. Internet connection

The Internet is a problem in Africa, but we manage to provide at least two different internet network and that worked a bit fine for us.

2. Timing

The project was postponed several times because of the involvement of many stakeholders in the project, and it was difficult to determine when the event will take place. So, many of the participants were discourage and lost interest in the program. So, when we eventually started, many of them were not available for the event.

3. Diploma (Certification)

Aside from teaching, the program didn't make provision to motivate the participants in exchange for the time invested in the training.

4. All the participants are professionals, so, some of them were not available for the training whenever it clashes with their normal work time.

What would you do differently next time?

1. Certification

We need to inform prospective participants of rewards available to them for joining the program .e.g. certification.

2. Timing

We need to ensure that we adhere strictly to project timing.

3.Experienced Mentors

We plan to ensure that interested mentors are willing to dedicate their time for the training by developing a contractual agreement between the Organizer and Mentors.

Finances

Grant funds spent

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

You can see the details of the money spent.

Remaining funds

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

None.

Anything else

Anything else you want to share about your project?

List of articles created by community

Anglophone

  1. Agnes Igoye
  2. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma
  3. Vimbai Zimuto
  4. Sandra Nyaira
  5. Joyce Ashuntantang
  6. Abdullah Burja

Francophone

  1. Yéli Monique Kam
  2. Margaret Fombe Fube
  3. Isabella Maya
  4. Jocelyne Constant
  5. Charlotte Ntamack
  6. Margaret Fombe Fube
  7. Candace Nkoth Bisseck
  8. Fadima Diawara
  9. Nathalie Yamb
  10. Mireille Tchengang
  11. Bwanga Pilipili

Arabic

  1. Zahia Ben Arous زهية بن عروس
  2. Bye Qasimi باية قاسمي
  3. Leila Birat ليلى بيراط
  4. Baya Gacemi