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About

This website details a host of Wiki In Africa initiatives that support new and existing Wikipedians as they add content to Wikipedia online via the offline WikiFundi platform. WikiFundi mimics the experience of editing Wikipedia when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all.

  • WikiFundi is an offline editable environment that provides a similar experience to editing Wikipedia online.
  • Wikipack Africa is an action pack containing devices, material and content to facilitate the outreach work done by local Wikimedia chapters, local Wikimedia User Group or isolated individuals in African countries.
  • 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.

Both WikiChallenge and WikiAfrica Schools were designed to encourage the habit of contribution in the next generation of Wikipedians in Africa.

WikiFundi, WikiChallenge African Schools, and Wikipack Africa have been conceptualised, developed and launched by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood, in collaboration with Emmanual Engelhard and Wikimedia CH. The projects are supported by the Orange Foundation that has an ongoing commitment to digital education in Europe and Africa, especially through the “Digital Schools” Program.

WikiAfrica Schools was conceptualised by Isla Hadddow-Flood and Florence Devouard in collaboration with Adama Sanneh. The proof of concept phase in 2017 is supported by lettera27.

WikiFundi is designed to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa. WikiFundi, WikiChallenge Africa Schools, WikiPack Africa and its documentation is licenced under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

 

Meet the team

Wikipack Africa, WikiFundi and WikiChallenge African Schools has been developed by Wiki In Africa to support existing and encourage new wikimedians across Africa, and to facilitate the activation of content relating to Africa created on the continent.

Florence Devouard

project manager

A Wikipedian since 2002, a former Chair of Wikimedia Foundation and a founding member of Wikimedia France, Florence Devouard was born in France where she currently lives. She is a public speaker and a consultant. Above everything, she loves to share her knowledge of new practices and online communities. She cares for language diversity and multicultural dialogue, and is a supporter of the open-source and free knowledge movement. Since 2013, Florence is the co-leader on projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Women, Kumusha Takes Wiki etc. >> Linkedin profile

Isla Haddow-Flood

project manager

A Zimbabwean by birth,  and a Capetonian by adoption, Oxford-educated Isla Haddow-Flood is a writer, editor and project strategist who is passionate about harnessing communication technology and media platforms for the advancement of open access to knowledge; specifically, knowledge that relates to and enhances the understanding of Africa via the Open Movement (and especially Wikipedia).  >> Linkedin profile

Emmanuel Engelhart

software development

Emmanuel Engelhart (User:Kelson) has been a Wikipedia editor since 2004, but is most well known for the inspirational development (with Renaud Gaudin) of Kiwix, the offline Wikipedia. Emmanuel believes that access to information is a basic right that the whole world should be entitled to. “Water is a common good. You understand why you have to care about water. Wikipedia is the same; it’s a common good. We have to care about Wikipedia.” >> Linkedin profile

Christine Welthagen

translation

Born in France, Christine Welthagen has been working in the UK and Middle East for many years before settling down in Cape Town. She is the former Head of Foreign Languages Department in various International Schools where she started to familiarise herself with Wikipedia as a teaching tool.  She now works from home and dedicates her time to translation work and to participating in projects such as Wiki Loves Women and Wikipack Africa.

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