Wikimedians of the Levant/Reports/2016/2017 Report

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This is the second annual report for Wikimedians of the Levant user group. It covers the financial and project year from May 20, 2016 until May 19, 2017. During this period, Wikimedia Levant hosted various activities both online and offline, with a particular focus on the Wikipedia Education Program and on recruiting university students from around the region.



Education Program in Palestine[edit]

For a further resource, check Mohammed Hijjawi's blog post.

Awards ceremony for Spring 2017 semester - Wikipedia Education Program Palestine, An-Najah National University

Fall 2016

Class Participating students Pages created Pages expanded Words added Uploaded files Article views
Cell Biology, Birzeit University 32 students 18 articles 23 articles 72.7K words 6 (used within articles) 8.33K views
Microbiology, Birzeit University 52 students 4 articles 12 articles 66.3K words - 67.3K views

Spring 2017

Class Participating students Pages created Pages expanded Words added Article views
Graduate Forensic Chemistry, Birzeit University 20 students 1 article 5 articles 2.88K words 89.8K views
Surveying at An-Najah National University 23 students - one article 49.9K words 150 views/day

7amleh workshops[edit]

Palestinian Wikipedians
Palestinian Wikipedians
Group of Palestinian wikipedians at 7amleh center, Palestine. .

In collaboration with 7amleh, we held a series of Wikipedia workshops in Ramallah:

  1. First meetup October 15, 2016
  2. Second meetup November 5, 2016
  3. Third meetup December 3, 2016
  4. Fourth meetup January 14, 2017
  5. Fifth meetup February 25, 2017

HerStory Palestine[edit]

HerStory Palestine
Herstory Palestine
Awards ceremony for Her story volunteers - Wikimedia Levant activities - Palestine, An-Najah National University.
Campaign Participating students Pages created or expanded Words added Article views Further resources

HerStory campaign at Annajah National University in Nablus

16 students 16 articles 15K words Over 7K views Blog post by Mohammed Hijjawi


Education Program in Jordan[edit]

Awards ceremony for Spring 2017 semester - Wikipedia Education Program Jordan, Hashemite University

Spring 2017

led by Mossab Banat (Wikipedia education program team leader at the hashemite university):


  • A group of Turkish language students successfully trained to translate the tourism in Jordan article from Arabic to Turkish.


Wikipedia Workshop
Group Photo
Arabic Wikipedia Workshop in Zwolle, Netherlands.

In collaboration with Wikimedia Nederland, and Stichting Syrische Vrijwilligers Nederland (SYVNL), a group that helps integrate Syrian refugees into Dutch society, we held a workshop to introduce a group of 14 Syrian refugees to the Arabic Wikipedia on March 10, 2017 in Zwolle. (see here and here).

Online activities[edit]

Wikimedians of the Levant organized and coordinated an editing competition in February-March 2017, with prizes donated by Sumou Society. The competition was open to all Arabic Wikipedians, and the main theme was "Science".

Campaign Articles created Of which met the competition's criteria Of which scientific articles Articles by unqualified users Featured and good articles
Sumou competition. 694 articles 472 articles 241 articles 134 articles 8 articles