Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019/Programme/Submissions/Wikiclubs as non formal educational space for Armenian students

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Title of the submission

Wikiclubs as non formal educational space for Armenian students.

Type of submission (lecture, panel, workshop, lightning talk, roundtable, poster)


Author(s) of the submission

Arpine Andreasyan, Tamara Grigoryan.


A.arpi.a, Tamara Karvajar


User group.


Education, Partnerships.

Abstract (up to 100 words)

During the session Arpine and I are going to present the experience of Wikiclubs which we are having in our communities for already some years. Wikiclubs are non-formal educational centers in Armenian settlements where mainly school students attend to start editing on wiki projects (mainly Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikisource). Besides the editing process the Wikiclub coordinators organize various educational events for the students to make the Wikiclubs more attractive, interesting and useful places for the teenager editors. As the statistics show, the young editors start doing better at school and get skills for their future professions as well.

How will this session be beneficial for the communities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe?

The attendees can use the shared experience in their communities to improve educational environment.

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  • Tamara and Arpine are coordinators of wiki clubs
  • Wiki clubs are places where students gather to learn and share their knowledge through Wiki platforms, making new friends
  • 9-year old students
  • 15 wiki clubs in Armenia
  • How wiki clubs have been created?
  • Space where they can organize activities, mainly org. after school, mainly in villages, local municipality buildings, sometimes libraries
  • Wiki clubs coordinator must be active Wikipedian
  • They organize trainings for teachers so they can teach on their own
  • Sponsors are different people who help wiki clubs in Armenia and also give salaries to some people who coordinate wiki clubs
  • WP, Wiktionary, Wikisource
  • students learn typing first, then they get in touch with Wiktionary generally, to create something real
  • second stage Wikisource, for months or year,
  • then with translation skills, they cross to Wikipedia
  • commons is also among their interests
    • Collaboration with Glam institutions
    • Hangouts and visits between wiki clubs
    • Workshops with parents
    • Reading and discussions books
    • Expeditions and cultural visits
    • Special speakers and guests
    • WikiClass
    • Discussion of mistakes
  • How do we control the quality of the content?
    • All the articles created by the students are checked by the wiki club coordinators.
  • Difference between school and Wiki club:
    • The school is formal education / wiki club is voluntary.
  • What do the students study at Wiki clubs?
    • translations skills
    • ability to represent their ideas
    • checking information - references, can't announce without source
    • researching information - exact information that they need, help teachers find info
    • critical thinking
    • Team work, communication, collaboration - practice to jointly translate articles, separately, in groups
    • media literacy
    • digital citizenship
    • copyright
  • How many coordinators?
    • every WC has one, so 50 coordinators for now, WMAM teaches the coordinators
  • any connection to ministry of education?
    • no direct program, but good relationships, assistance
  • The teachers in Estonia reluctant to work with students, because they consider themselves responsible for uploaded content

we also feel responsible, the coordinators check all the content, both for Wikipedia and students, to find problems,

  • Nebojša WMRS: would like to do the same, but not sure how to start, maybe share experience during a break?

How long do the children stay in clubs?

    • A: some students for 3 years, some only for a month, attention span not too long, so they try to motivate them
  • Western Armenian Wikipedia, from Greece: we created a small wki club, pupils club, Wikisource, informatics, one hour per week. Now they bring their friends, they love it, teachers are there to guide, but they peer-review each other's work