Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Candidates/Raavi Mohanty
Raavi Mohanty (Raavimohantydelhi)
|statement (Not more than 450 words)||In the words of Malcolm X, "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Technology has brought human civilization to the cusp of an information revolution, the internet has made sure that access to quality education is not a monopoly of the elite or the predisposition of the moneyed class. It is time that the fruits of technology should go down to the poorest sections of society. I firmly believe that Wikipedia can play a huge role in it.
Education is the linchpin for modern society. One needs to learn about culture, history, and other important aspects so that they would be able to contribute to a peaceful co-existing society without biases based on gender, race, or religion. In a country like India, education is indispensable for achieving gender parity and upliftment of women. Access to free education can empower people by making them aware of their rights, give them knowledge of their civil and economic rights. In India, the exploitation of uneducated people is heartbreaking.
Free education is essential to create a modern and global society. Wikipedia articles can teach people about the history and culture of various countries around the globe. If people learn about each other's cultures and history it would usher in a model world for us and posterity.
The internet presents an excellent opportunity to make a borderless world. At present we are the first generation that is in a position to exchange ideas at a people-to-people level at such a mass scale. Ideas can now flow from one part of the world to another in a matter of minutes. The idea of democracy, human rights should now flow to the most inaccessible parts of the world. Moreover, these ideas can the transferred in a transparent manner.
Being a Wikipedia editor gives me an opportunity to contribute something back to society. The more I interact with people in various parts of the country the more I realize my biggest contribution to the upbringing of the downtrodden would be in my ability to take knowledge to every single individual, without any barrier of language. If more writers from the regional languages would come on board the faster would are goal be reached. Free universal education is the biggest gift to posterity. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
|Top 3 Board priorities||1. Topic related to Skill enhancement should be given more focus.
2. Videos or illustrations should also be given, so that people with less education can understand better.
3. Focus on topics related to local demands, e.g. easier access to information on Coconut (that includes, history, nutritional value, verities, market demand, etc.) should be mentioned.
|Top 3 Movement Strategy priorities||1. I believe that everyone should have access to free knowledge.
2. More women-centric topics should be added to Wikipedia.
3. More wiki writers writing in regional languages should be inducted.
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Verified by: Matanya (talk) 20:43, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Verified by: Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:22, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
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