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Every single person on the planet" is a bit of rhetoric, but a serious bit of rhetoric. I will feel that this mission is complete if we have an encyclopedia written in enough languages so that 99.99% of all people _who are able to read in some language_ can read a Wikipedia.

African language Wikipedias aren't very useful for this goal. Most Africans who are able to read are able to read in some colonial language (fr, en, pt, es, ar). In Bamako you have to look hard to find books, papers, or anything written not in French...

I think actually that the mission is complete if people who are not able to read in some language are included. By using text-to-speech synths and voice recognition anybody who can either read or hear could access Wikipedia. Otherwise some 80% of Mali's population is excluded from the mission.

The fact that there is more information available in people's mother tongue will be an incentive to actually learn to read (and write) in that language. But the same would count for Zeelandic or Limburgish, actually. The difference is the literacy rate and the (dis)similarity between the written and non-written languages.

Guaka (on wikipedia list)

Wikimedia/Africa: History, Chronology and Bibliography


I think it would be useful to add one or more sessions to this page about Wikimedia and Africa: history/chronology and bibliography. Those sessions might allow a better overview of what happened and what is currently happening related to Africa. Maybe it can be linked to the Africa page on strategy (https://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Africa), to facilitate future Wikimedia strategies related to Africa. --Iopensa (talk) 05:18, 21 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

I started drafting a structure on my subpage and when it is a little more complete I'll move it here if it is ok User:Iopensa/Wikimedia_Africa. --Iopensa (talk) 05:35, 21 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
At Wikimania 2013 there will be a panel on Activating Africa. I think it can be a good chance to work on an overview of what happened and what is going on in Africa related to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. I think it is an opportunity also to provide a better overview on meta. I am planning to enrich this page with more references and to use it as a starting point to see what is going on in Africa. are you ok with it? proposals? recommendations? can you help me? --Iopensa (talk) 07:33, 24 April 2013 (UTC)Reply