Primary School Edit-a-Thons

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As part of the Wiki Primary School outreach project Wikimedia ZA in partnership with the University of Cape Town hosted 3 edit-a-thons. The first of the three event occured on the 5 December 2015, with follow up events on the 19th February and 26 February. All events were held at the American Corner at the Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dates : 5 December 2015, 19 and 26 February 2016
Where : American Corner, Central Library, Old Drill Hall, cnr Parade and Darling Streets, Cape Town
Time : 15:00 - 18:00
Cost : Absolutely free

Refreshments and light snacks were provided.

To read more about this project, please visit the Wikipedia Primary School Programme

Canceled events[edit]

Initially all events were to be held at the University of Cape Town. However due to ongoing disruptions and protests (see Fees Must Fall and Rhodes Must Fall) that took place at the university and carried on until the end of the year and into the following year. The university responded to these protests by shutting down thereby forcing us to continuously postpone the events until we decided to find an alternative venue instead. The following edit-a-thons were planned for but had to be canceled:

  • 31 October 2015: Postponed due to University protest action (which also brought about a safety risk and we were not allowed to use University resources)
  • 7 November 2015: Postponed due to University protest action
  • 14 November 2015: Postponed due to University protest action

5 December 2015[edit]

This edit-a-thon was a bit of a disappointment as none apart from the trainer (Discott) and the American corner staff showed up. We decided to put out a general call to the public in the library inviting them to join us for the event. Two people showed up and we were able to commence with the edit-a-thon. Following this event we put out the call to our network of librarians. This ensured that future events were better attended as the majority of attendants were librarians who heard of this event through this network. The planned event for the 12 December 2015 was postponed to the 19th February 2016 as the school year had just ended and there was concern that most teachers would be away on vacation.

19th February session attendance[edit]

The second Primary School Edit-a-Thon that took place on the 19 February 2016 at the Cape Town Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa.
Wiki fuel for the participants of the Primary School Edit-a-Thon that took place on the 19 February 2016 at the Cape Town Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa.

26th February session attendance[edit]

The third and final Wiki Primary edit-a-thon on the 26th February 2016.

Edits made[edit]

User Number of edits Pages edited New editor
Dumbassman 14 Herero and Namaqua Genocide, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Fatima Meer, Schalk Burger No
Mariesachet 1 username Yes
ruthpowell 6 San people, Lesotho, San rock art, Human Rights Day, username Yes
Azizadavids 4 Religion in South Africa, San religion Yes
portia91 5 Chris Hani Yes
RenskeValkenburg 2 Helen Joseph Yes
RHD2014 5 Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama Yes
Sabi Siberia na na Yes
Michibe 2 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Yes
Isla Haddow 8 Helen Joseph No
Total > 47 17 articles edited

Suggested content[edit]

original list: Wikipedia Primary School Articles list


South African women leaders and issues around women:[edit]

South Africa’s indigenous people and culture:[edit]

Good news stories affecting the youth [e.g., discoveries, inventions and policies][edit]