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  • विकिमीडिया बांग्लादेश स्थानीय विद्यालय जाने वाले विद्यार्थियों को अपने लाभ के लिए विकिपीडिया काम में लेने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करता है।
  • Wikipedia awareness programs drive Bangla Wikipedia usage

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  • विकिमीडिया बांग्लादेश (WMBD) "विकिपीडिया अवेयरनेश प्रोग्राम" का आयोजन करने जा रहा है, जो मुख्यतः विद्यालयों में जाने वाले विद्यार्थियों को विकिपीडिया एवं अन्य विकिमीडिया प्रकल्पों को उनके लाभ के लिए उपयोग करने तथा बाद में इसमें सहयोग करने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करता है। बांग्ला विकिपीडिया की १०वीं वर्षगाँठ उत्सव के भाग के रूप में, यह पहली बार हो रहा है कि देश में विकिपीडिया-सम्बंधित स्पर्धायें विद्यालयों में कराई जा रही हैं।

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चिटगाँव आगराबाद गवर्नमेंट हाई स्कूल के विद्यार्थी कार्यक्रम में अंग्रेज़ी वर्ण डब्ल्यू 'W' का चिह्न दिखाते हुये। मोतियूर रहमान ओनी द्वारा विकिमीडिया कॉमन्स पर मुक्त लाइसेंस CC-BY-SA ४.० के अन्तर्गत जारी तस्वीरें

As part of the legacy of the Bangla Wikipedia's expansive ten-year anniversary celebrations, the Bengali Wikimedia community and Wikimedia Bangladesh—a local chapter—has been hosting Wikipedia awareness programs in schools around the country.

Participants from Rajshahi collegiate school. Photograph by Nahid Sultan, Wikimedia Commons, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Out of nine programs, three were held in Dhaka, four in Chittagong, one in Patgram Upazila, and one in Rajshahi. Local Wikipedians, school teachers, cultural clubs helped to organize the events, which were each attended by an average of seventy students from ninth to twelfth grade. The events received press coverage from around the country, including newspapers like Prothom Alo.[1]

Participants in Patgram event. Photograph by Nahid Sultan, Wikimedia Commons, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.
Participants from Agrabad Government Colony High School (Girls' Section). Photograph by Motiur Rahman Oni, Wikimedia Commons, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Surveys conducted before each event confirmed previous anecdotes, showing that about half of the participants did not know what Wikipedia actually is, and a further fifth believed that it is a sister project to Google. A tenth thought it was sponsored by a government, and only one tenth knew that it was an encyclopedia, with the remainder taken up by non-responses and miscellaneous answers. Given these results, it should be unsurprising that only a bare minimum of the attendees knew that Wikipedia was publicly editable.

With those in mind, we started each event with a brief introduction to Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, the importance of these sites relative to their studies, and how to use them to effectively get information—vital knowledge for the thousands of Bengladeshi students who are now getting wide access to the Internet through government-built computer labs in schools around the country. Furthermore, we emphasized that there was more than just the English Wikipedia—the Bangla Wikipedia is expanding every day in their own language.

These school programs directly help increase readership among students—a major goal of Wikimedia Bangladesh, as we believe that to increase our total number of editors, we have to increase our readership. Most of the Bangla Wikipedia's contributors come from students in school or university, but a majority of the current student population does not use Wikipdia.

We already have one tangible result: a Wikipedia club has already been formed at the Shaheed Police Smrity School. It is moderated by a teacher and is filled by interested students from all grades. Our hope is that these sorts of school programs will entice students to use Wikipedia for their benefit, and bring in teachers that can expand the program and sustain it over the next several years.

Nahid Sultan, Community Outreach Director
Wikimedia Bangladesh

  1. Events were held at the Shaheed Police Smrity School, Motijheel Government Boys' High School, Agrabad Government Colony High School (Boys' & Girls' Section), Chittagong Collegiate School and College, Government Muslim High School, Government Science College Attached High School, and Rajshahi Collegiate School. Patgram's event was held at the municipality community center in the Patgram upazila in Rangpur. Participants of this event were selected through a Wikipedia related quiz contest by Wikipedians from Patgram. A total of 120 students from six different institutes attended the final workshop.

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