WikiFundi is an offline editable environment that enables communities to have a similar experience to editing Wikipedia or Vikidia. WikiFundi sits on an offline server that hosts training and introduction resources, as well as offline versions of Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikitionary and Wikisource. WikiFundi mimics the experience of editing Wikipedia when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all.
A project of Wiki In Africa, WikiFundi was designed to facilitate and support the growth of Wikimedia communities across Africa (initially through Wikipack Africa) who work under challenging conditions. It also facilitates two educational projects WikiChallenge and WikiAfrica Schools that were designed to encourage the habit of contribution in the next generation of Wikipedians in Africa:
- WikiChallenge African Schools by Orange Foundation uses WikiFundi to engage school children while they add information to Vikidia (Wikipedia’s little sister designed for younger readers) about their city, town, village, suburb, a local landmark, historic event, or notable person using the WikiFundi software.
- WikiAfrica Schools is a programme that integrates writing Wikipedia articles as part of the curriculum in high school programmes.
The WikiFundi pack consists of a raspberry pi offline server (including server, preloaded SD card, and charger). The SD card comes preloaded with the following:
- WikiFundi offline editing environment, including articles to facilitate learning
- Offline English Wikipedia
- Offline English Wiktionary
- Offline English Wikiquote
- Offline English WikiSource
- Training and information videos
- Training and information materials and documents
- Education resources, including a lesson plan
WikiFundi pack and additional merchandise can be bought from the shop.
WikiFundi, WikiChallenge African Schools, and Wikipack Africa was conceptualised, developed and launched by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood, in collaboration with Emmanual Engelhard and Wikimedia CH. The projects were supported by the Orange Foundation that has an ongoing commitment to digital education in Europe and Africa, especially through the “Digital Schools” Program. The additional development of WikiFundi has been supported in 2018 by the Wikimedia Foundation.
WikiAfrica Schools was conceptualised by Isla Hadddow-Flood and Florence Devouard. The pilot project was run in collaboration with the Moleskine Foundation and with additional help from Wikimedia Foundation in 2017.
WikiFundi is designed to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa. WikiFundi and its documentation are copyright Wiki In Africa and licenced under CC-BY-SA 4.0.