Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Nigeria Foudation Inc/Visibility Project/Report/es
Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?
Goals were partly met.
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.|
|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|
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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.
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?
We need to inform prospective participants of rewards available to them for joining the program .e.g. certification.
We need to ensure that we adhere strictly to project timing.
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.
Grant funds spent
Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.
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Do you have any remaining grant funds?
Anything else you want to share about your project?
List of articles created by community
- Yéli Monique Kam
- Margaret Fombe Fube
- Isabella Maya
- Jocelyne Constant
- Charlotte Ntamack
- Margaret Fombe Fube
- Candace Nkoth Bisseck
- Fadima Diawara
- Nathalie Yamb
- Mireille Tchengang
- Bwanga Pilipili
- Zahia Ben Arous زهية بن عروس
- Bye Qasimi باية قاسمي
- Leila Birat ليلى بيراط
- Baya Gacemi