Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda/Wikisoccerthons

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The Wikisoccerthons project idea was developed in November 2019 at Wiki Indaba in Abuja, then the Usergroup planned for implementation of this pilot since 16 May 2020, and was approved as one of the usergroup's annual projects on 20 August 2020.

Objectives and targets[edit]

This project is part of the Usergroup's diversity and content Generation programes with the following objectives;

  1. Closing content gap about Uganda
  2. Increasing skills for editing/contributing
  3. Recruitment of new editors/contributors
  4. Increasing awareness of wikimedia projects
  5. Increasing Female Participation


  • Increasing the diversity of Wikimedia volunteers
  • Increasing the geographical reach (footprint) of the Usergroup in Uganda

Some of the project targets will be ;

  1. Seventy five (75) total participants
  2. Ten (10) new active editors
  3. Twenty (20) content pages created or improved
  4. Partnership with one or some of the national soccer affiliate(s)

Schedules and timeline[edit]

This is a general tentative schedule, and timeline, subject to volunteer participants' feedback, or preference. The section has been updated to include the new COVID-19 guidelines that are to be added to the COVID-19 planning section on this page.

Activity Duration Expected Outcomes Status Actual Outcome
Project de-brief 21 August - 30 September 2020

Design of project landing page (Meta), resources, contacting stakeholders and in-country outreach

YesY Done
  • All potential stakeholders were contacted (full outreach).
  • Resources for activities were identified.
  • Half of the expected participants (on average) were directly reached out to in all the target Districts.
  • Covid-19 effects, a potential conflict of interest, and new project approaches were identified e.g Regional vs DFA outreach.
Volunteer outreach 1 October - 31 October 2020

Update to the meta-project landing page, participants, resources.

  • 15 people in Mbale
  • 15 people in Jinja
  • 15 people in Mbarara
  • 15 people in Kampala
  • 15 People - focused event
YesY Done
  • Documentation of the initial phase (debrief).
    • Kampala debrief and volunteer outreach were covered in this phase
  • Identified volunteers, participants, and resources shared.
  • Once again half of the expected participants (on average) were throughout this period.
  • Discovery that Literacy, technical training, notability, and citations are crucial.
  • New Covid-19 effects, another potential conflict of interest, and new project approaches were identified e.g joint sessions.
Editathons 01 November - 30 November 2020

Training, update of content pages and measuring impact.

  • 15 people in Mbale
  • 15 people in Jinja
  • 15 people in Mbarara
  • 15 people in Kampala
  • 15 People - focused event
YesY Done
Reporting and evaluation 01 December - 31 December 2020

Sustainability, survey, Usergroup footprint, and metrics

  • All project participants
YesY Done
  • Project meta page updated.
  • Regional focus identified as a more reliable structure for sustainability.
  • Outreach and Volunteers in the target areas identified.
  • Limited metrics in areas/groups where offline training did not take place.
  • Activities were slightly affected by the political environment and presidential elections
  • The evaluation survey was not shared but will be shared during the 2021 project.
  • Gallery page and categories were not created as there were no photo walk activities.

Training and Editathons[edit]

Online sessions

Location Topic Dates Facilitator(s) Comments
Focused event
  • Other Wikimedia projects
Oct 2020 Diane, Douglas Joint events and Women Football
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikidata
Oct 2020 Douglas, Timothy Volunteers in Ibanda DFA and Usergroup networks in Kabaale
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikidata
Oct - Nov 2020 Shafik, Faith Nakawa and Kawempe DFA
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikidata
Nov 2020 Shafik, Douglas Jinja and Bugiri DFA
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikidata
Nov 2020 Jim Joel, Douglas Media Officers with the Mbale DFA

COVID-19 Planning and guidelines[edit]

This section is based on the new guidelines and the introduced risk assessment tool for in person gatherings", sent by Janeen Uzzell on 10 September 2020, that are aimed at Wikimedia communities having the ability to safely host events and activities.

Most of the project activities and events meet the eligibility criteria, as they will have proper controls and mitigation measures to be implemented.

Local government restrictions and health guidance related to COVID-19 in the hosting country will be followed.

  1. Project de-brief and outreach activities will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    1. E-mail and phone communication will be emphasized as much as possible.
  2. There will not be travel outside the country.
    1. In-country travel between (Kampala, Jinja, Mbale and Mbarara) will be limited to a maximum of 5 people
    2. In-person meetings (if needed) will observe social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitisation/hand-washing, and other Standard operating procedures

Guidelines and measures

Please refer to the released checklist of guidelines Basing on the above guidelines and directives from the national Ministry of Health, and World Health Organisation

  1. The project team and volunteers will work remotely/online (from home or private spaces) as much as possible.
    1. Office space will be limited to 3 people, options of weekends and/or during non-crowded days will be explored.
    2. Depending on the prevailing situation, (If offline events are to be held), they will not be open to the public, but will be primarily smaller community events for selected project participants - not more than 30 people.
  2. Safety measures and updated guidelines will be constantly echoed to all participants and effected throughout the project (start to finish).

For further questions, please refer to the In-Person Events FAQ