WikiFundi is an offline editable environment that enables communities to have a similar experience to editing Wikipedia or Vikidia online. 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 educational projects, two of which are currently WikiChallenge and WikiAfrica Schools. Both projects were designed to encourage an understanding of how knowledge is created and to forge the habit of contributing to the internet 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 application can either be directly downloaded and installed on your own servers, or it can be received on an SD card as part of a “package”.
There are several WikiFundi packages available. Each package consists of a raspberry pi offline server (including server, preloaded SD card, and charger). All packages have Training and Information Resources. But each package has a different configuration of additional offline resources on the SD cards : some packages also include offline versions of Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wiktionary, WikiMed, Vikidia, French Wikimooc, and Wikisource, in French or English.
The available packages are:
- WikiFundi Lite in English and French
- WikiFundi en français + WikiFundi in English + Training Resources
- WikiFundi in English with all resources
- WikiFundi in English + Training resources + Offline Wikipedia, WikiMed, Wikiquote, Wikisource and Wiktionary (English)
- WikiFundi Lite only in English
- WikiFundi in English + Training resources
- WikiFundi in French with all resources
- WikiFundi en français + Training resources + Offline: Vikidia, Wikimooc, Wikipedia, WikiMed, Wikiquote, Wikisource and Wiktionnaire (français)
- WikiFundi Lite in French for Schools
- WikiFundi en français + Vikidia + Training resources
You can get a WikiFundi package that is suitable for your needs from the Get WikiFundi page.
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. WikiFundi is published by the Wiki in Africa association. It 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.
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