Grants:Simple/Applications/Igbo Wikimedians User Group/2021

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Application or grant stage: draft
Applicant or grantee: Igbo Wikimedians User Group
Amount requested: US$74,808.8
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 1st January 2021 - 31st December 2021
Midpoint report due: June 2021 + 15 days
Final report due: YEAR + 30 days

Application[edit]

Background[edit]

Annual Plan 2021[edit]

As the Igbo Wikimedians User Group, is growing in number and capacity with three hubs and one Wiki club, there is need to strategically plan our activities towards achieving our objectives as an affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation Movement. Therefore, we need to set annual goals that are SMART to evaluate and monitor our progress as a group continually and in our projects, as well as be accountable to our stakeholders. Also, we need to build capacity, manage our human resources to thrive in adding educational knowledge about the Igbos and their culture in Wikimedia Projects.

Through a community survey that every member of the User Group was invited to participate - hence answers relevant questions about our strength and weaknesses as well as our program priorities. We have mapped out our goals for the year 2021. This goal will influence the Programs and activities we will prioritise and the budget for the year.

Goals:

In the year 2021, we will focus on:

  • Increasing content in Igbo language and culture in the Igbo Wikipedia and Wiktionary, to do this, we need to initiate more programs that will add content and increase participation in the User Group activities. We will also leverage on WikiAfrica campaigns and contests to grow and improve content.
  • Our Culture promotion is another priority for us. We will achieve culture promotion through collaborating with other educational institutions and the media to initiate and execute projects that will document information about the Igbo culture in different media formats. Mostly, information that is challenging to write in Wikipedia due to notability or citation issues. The above form of information will be licensed in Creative Commons and deposited in Wiki Commons. We will use these content to increase awareness about the Igbo Wikimedians User Group and our objectives (Advocacy) in our social media platforms; hence increasing our media presence and influence as well as attract organisation with a shared vision for collaboration. Culture promotion can also help increase readership and view of Educational content in Igbo language and culture.
  • Community Development will be another focus for our User Group. Towards achieving our objective of "Maintaining the community and encouraging more Igbo people that are literate in the Igbo language at any level" (both written and spoken) to become more involved as community members. We will achieve this through organising workshops, outreach programs in institutions of learning and mentoring sessions. We will also device means to empower and motivate active members of our community.
  • Develop a sustainable operational and governance structures: There is need to put systems in place that will encourage and support members to work, initiate and execute more projects, as well as collaborate with organisations that share our objectives. Still maintaining our mutual benefit partnerships and securing more within the Wikimedia Movement and beyond. There is a need to have community representatives who are accountable as staff to the community. They will work towards volunteer, program, project, organisation and stakeholder management in the community.

As a community, we look forward to an eventful 2021 with accomplishments in content creation, culture promotion, growing our community through sustainable structures and systems.

Budget Plan[edit]

2021 Annual Budget Plan

Staffing Plan[edit]

Staffing plan for 2021

Strategic plan[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Igbo Wikimedians User Group is a group of Wikimedians that are committed to working on various wiki projects related to Igbo language and culture. The group is open to collaborations with other organizations to promote Igbo language. It is an open membership group available to anyone that is literate in Igbo language at any level. On the 5th of May 2018, the Affiliations Committee approved the request to officially recognise us as a User Group. Here is our Meta Page for more details our affiliate.

Our Objectives[edit]

  • Introducing Wikimedia projects to more Igbo people that are literate in the Igbo language at any level.
  • Encouraging Igbo people that are literate in the Igbo language at any level to become contributors.
  • Maintaining and growing the Igbo Wiki community worldwide.
  • Work towards the growth and development of other Igbo language Wikimedia projects.
  • Promotion of topics related to Igbo language, culture and community.
  • Cooperating with local authorities, organizations and individuals to promote free knowledge that will promote Igbo language Wikimedia projects

Programs[edit]

Content Creation

To develop free knowledge in Igbo language and culture in Wikimedia projects, as well as increase contributors. This program aims at increasing the number of educational content in Igbo language as well as media content about our culture.

Goals

  • Our goal is to increase the number of content in Igbo language Wikipedia and Wiktionary by 40% of its current number by December 2021.
  • Transition Igbo test Wiktionary project from incubation to a Wiktionary project.
  • Increase awareness and readership of Igbo Wikipedia and Wiktionary.
  • Increase contributors to Wikimedia projects that promote Igbo language and culture.

Projects/Activities:

The User group will achieve the above goals by planning and executing the following types of projects through online and In-person events: -

Translate-a-thon/Edit-a-thons

We will organise activities of different thematic focus with the aim of:

  • Translating articles from English to Igbo Wikipedia.
  • improving existing articles in Igbo Wikipedia.
  • Increasing MediaWiki interface translations for Igbo Wiktionary.
  • Increasing and improving entries in Igbo Wiktionary.

Targeted Outcomes:

  • Translate and improve 500 articles
  • Add 200 new words in Igbo Wiktionary
  • Translate 250 messages in MediaWiki interface translations for Igbo Wiktionary
  • Recruit at least 40 new contributors.

Writing contest

The writing contest activities will focus on:

  • Filling the content gap about Igbo culture and traditions in Igbo and English Wikipedia
  • Motivating our community members to compete.
  • Attract new contributors, especially academicians.

Targeted Outcomes

  • Add 75 new articles (will also include stubs) about Igbo culture and tradition to Igbo and English Wikipedia
  • Attract 30 new students or academicians as contributors
  • Increase editing skills among community members

International Wiki campaigns

Our User Group will organise and participate in the campaigns and contest listed below with the aim of:

  • improving or increasing content related to the Igbos in Wiki Commons and Igbo Wikipedia.
  • Increasing participation of community members in International Wiki Campaigns
  • Increasing contributors to Wikimedia projects
  • Increase Wikimedia project and the different contest awareness amongst the Igbos.
Contests
    • WPWP (Wikipedia Pages Wanting Pictures)
    • AfroCine
    • Wiki Loves Festival
    • Wiki Loves Earth
    • Wiki Loves Africa

Targeted Outcomes

  • Add 250 photos
  • Use 500 photos to improve articles
  • Edit 150 Wikipedia articles.
  • Have a total of 50 participants in all the campaigns/contest

Culture Promotion

To develop media educational content about the Igbo culture, especially content that is neglected like folklore, plays and old traditional practices that are almost extinct from different part of Igbo land. This program is essential as it is part of sharing knowledge about Igbo culture and histories to the world.
Goals:

  • Collaborate with a media house to create video documentaries about folklore and old traditional practices or historical moments that existed in Igbo land by the end of 2021.
  • Use the content to increase awareness and visibility of our User Group in our social media platforms; hence increasing our media presence, influence and attracting partners.
  • Increase educational content about Igbos in video formats.

Activities:

  • Produce Three video documentaries that will be licensed in creative commons and uploaded in Wiki Commons.
  • Share the video clips and photos in 15 posts in our social media handles.

Targeted outcomes

  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) impressions and engagement on the 15 posts.
  • Increased number of followers on our social media handles by the end of 2021
  • The number of secured partnerships.

Community Development

This area will consist of different activities towards "Maintaining the community and encouraging more Igbo people that are literate in the Igbo language at any level" (both written and spoken) to become more engaged as community members.

Goals:

  • Empower more (at least 7) community members as volunteers in project executions and Wikimedia Movement Global activities by the end of 2021.
  • Maintain and grow our membership in our different hubs.
  • Increase commitment in our community through community engagement activities. This is a long term plan.
  • Build an organisational structure within 3years.

Activities:

The User Group will achieve our goals through the following activities or projects:

  • Create three Microgrants that will attract project ideas from individual members of the User group, projects that align with our objectives; they will be mentored and supported through the process, ensuring there is a collaboration among community members in the execution.
  • Sponsor two active volunteers to attend a regional conference (WikiIndaba) to encourage and empower volunteers.
  • Organise quarterly meetups/workshops in our hubs as an avenue for:
    • Collaboration on different activities
    • share ideas, highlight and discuss different events or activities in the movement
    • gather feedback from the community and socialize and learn.
  • Co-founders/staff meetings (a once in two months offline or in-person meeting): it will be a quarterly meeting to address and table issues in our community, review staff activities and finances, evaluate User Group’s activities to measure progress and success as well as plan for the future.
  • Provide resources for staff to participate in Wikimania towards sharing knowledge, engaging and learning from other communities.

Targeted outcomes

  • Number of members that initiated and executed projects, including the international Wiki Campaigns. The data for this outcome will be collected through the project pages in meta and questionnaires during and after the projects.
  • Increase of membership to the User Group (The data will be collected through our membership list in our meta page).
  • Increased number of meetup attendees/participants in our various hubs.

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Midterm report[edit]

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