PhilWiki Community/Education

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PhilWiki Community
Philippine Wikimedia Community, Inc.
Philippine Wikimedia Community
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LocationFlag of Philippines.svg Philippines
Country codePH-WC
Founding date1 June 2015
Approval date17 October 2015
Official language(s)Philippine languages
Other language(s)Central Bikol language, Rinconada Bikol language
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The organization believes that Wikipedia, among other Wikimedia projects, belongs in education hence it engages in projects, programs and activities that promote free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials, through academia among other entities. When students of all ages contribute to Wikimedia projects as part of their learning, they gain significant 21st century skills. By fostering a relationship between Education and the Wikimedia movement, we have the best chance to realize our goal that the sum of all knowledge will be accessible to everyone in the world for free.

Leah B. Banastao serves as the Chair of Education Committee. She was first involved as a participant in WikiTutorial conducted in 2018-2019. She has since actively involved in community outreach activities. She is among the first three female members of the Board. She is a faculty member of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture in Pili, Camarines Sur.

The committee was first held by Froy Beraña, who has been involved in Wikimedia movement since 2012 and has actively contributed on Wikimedia Commons since joining Wiki Takes Rinconada in 2015. He represented the user group at the 2019 ESEAP Wikimedia Strategy Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently, he led the WikiTutorial program which aimed to increase the skills of existing contributors and the capacity of the PhilWiki Community.

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom - Teacher's Guide Module 1 (Tagalog)

The Education Team of WIkimedia Foundation conducted the pilot project Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom with the help of PhilWiki Community and two other affiliates in Morocco, and Bolivia. Different indicators of the education system have been studied for these countries, information on the country’s school system, teacher qualifications, curriculum, and media and information literacy.

Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom project introduced teachers to the communities and practices behind Wikipedia. It will help both educators and students to develop vital information literacy skills for the 21st century: understanding how information is produced, how to evaluate knowledge integrity, and how to understand biases and knowledge gaps in the information they consume.

A localized toolkit in English and Tagalog language for teachers on how to use Wikipedia to develop information literacy skills was produced and teacher development training was conducted participated by selected teachers in the Department of Education - Division of Pasay. Ongoing support from local coordinators to teachers implementing these resources and practices in their classroom, professional development recognition for participating teachers and schools, and integration to the international network of Wikimedia education leaders were provided by Wikimedia Foundation.

In its initiative project, the Community aims to localize and contextualize the materials produced by the Education Team for the its community outreach activities. The project also serves as a venue for teachers to get acquainted with the Wikimedia Movement through Education programs. Initially, the Community aims the localization and contextualization of the modules.

PH-WC will scale up the project in 2021 in selected DepEd Divisions in the country.

WikiTutorial 2018-2019

WikiTutorial and Monthly Meetings were conducted from November 2018 to June 2019. Twenty (20) content editors participated in the tutorial, meetings and activities during this period along with educators who learned the basic editing and Wikimedia movement in the Philippines.

On November 16, 2018, the first session of the tutorial was held at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA Main) in Pili, Camarines Sur.

A follow-up session was held on November 25, 2018 attended by some members of the faculty and staff of CBSUA Pasacao and Pili campuses with WikiTutorial participants Marvin Molin and Leah Banastao.

On April 8, 2019, the CBSUA Main campus, Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (SWK-CBSUA) and the Parasurat Bikolnon, Inc. sponsored Hurop-Hurop, Huron-Huron: Usapang Panpanitikang Bikol, a forum on Bikol literature attended by writers, teachers, and students. Among the speakers was Beraña who shared about the role of Bikol Wikipedia in promoting and preserving Bikol language.

On April 25, 2019 - PH-WC conducted an Outreach Activity in Catanduanes during the Training Workshop on Pagmidbid sa Kultura, Pagdiskubre sa Isla (rediscovering the culture of the island) attended by around fifty (50) social Studies both in elementary and high school levels from Department of Education - Division of Catanduanes. The team shared about Wiki Education Program within and outside the Philippines, and Bikol Wikipedia as a learning resource. The participants were encouraged to get involved by contributing local knowledge on Wikipedia and to start local Wikipedia projects for Northern Catanduanes Bikol and Southern Catanduanes Bikol languages.

On May 18, 2019 - 1Lib1Ref Campaign in the Philippines (under GLAM) was launched at University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City. Around 30 librarians and library science students get acquainted by proper referencing on Wikipedia. The activity was organized by WikiTutorial participants namely Anthony Diaz, Imelda Brazal, Ramon Olaño and Marvin Molin.

Wikimedia+Education Conference 2019

On April 5-7, 2019 - Irvin Sto. Tomas participated at Wikimedia+Education Conference 2019 held in San Sebastian, Basque Country in Spain where he presented a lightning talk and participated in discussions. The inaugural conference was a gathering Wikimedians/educators who are involved in promoting Wikimedia projects in the academic setting.