Grants:TPS/marielavzla/Offline Internet Resources for Rural Schools in Peru

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statusnot funded
Offline Internet Resources for Rural Schools in Peru
summaryDo research and present findings on Wikipedia and offline resources in rural schools across Peru to the Peruvian Education Ministry.
event locationLima, Peru and various villages
event date(s)9-18 March 2018
amount requestedUSD 2000
home countryVenezuela
submitted on18:28, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Proposed participation[edit]

This is another project in the en:Wikipedia:Offline Internet Resources for Latin America campaign. Previously I have advocated the use of Wikipedia and other open content in Latin American regions which are offline or have limited Internet connectivity. In this project I have the opportunity to present Wikipedia to the Ministry of Education of the Government of Peru. As I do this I would be bringing Wikipedia content to new audience and establish a new collaboration in a country which has less Wikipedia participation.

Goal and expected impact[edit]

We expect to accomplish the following:

  1. We will visit at least 10 rural schools in Peru
  2. We have appointments scheduled to give training to at least 20 teachers
  3. We already have appointments with 5 representatives of the Education Ministry of Peru, to whom we will advocate Wikipedia
  4. We will recommend that the Education Ministry purchase and deploy offline Wikipedia Internet-in-a-Box devices to at least 60% of rural schools
  5. We will research and write a report to the Ministry of Peru
  6. We have approved consideration to publish in Foreign Affairs magazine and MIT Technology Review.

Budget breakdown[edit]

  • airfare - $1000, NYC to Lima
  • accomodation - $600, $60/night
  • travel - $400, $80 per city to city trip, 5 trips

Other instructions[edit]

I will book all of this myself. We are using local inexpensive accommodation and local travel services.


  • Support I have assisted Mariela with this grant application as well as with other aspects of Wikipedia engagement for her and the team at Columbia University in the en:Wikipedia:Offline Internet Resources for Latin America campaign. Mariela has been a great participant of wiki events with the Wiki NYC chapter. She regularly gives public presentations of the value of Wikipedia, and to deploy it in regions without Internet access by using an Internet in a Box with Kiwix. The team has been encouraging students at Columbia University to engage with Wikimedia projects since at least 2013 with more participation since 2015. I think that the outreach she coordinates in Latin America is fantastic. I appreciate the media attention she is able to get both for Wikimedia projects and offline access to information. I appreciate her collaboration to develop medical content, give feedback on deployment, and to create documentation for what the team does. Most of this project is already funded as several people on the team already have grants to attend from other sources. When groups raise money to promote Wikimedia projects with non-WMF funding I am thrilled with that as well. The budget here is modest and out of this project we get a report from great students and a great team with a history of good outcomes. It is easy for me to endorse this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:13, 22 November 2017 (UTC)