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About

WikiFundi is an offline editable environment that enables communities to have a similar experience to editing Wikipedia. WikiFundi sits on an offline server that hosts training and introduction resources, as well as offline versions of Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikitionary and Wikisource. It was created to support new and existing Wikipedians and students 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.

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, WikiChallenge Africa Schools, WikiPack Africa, WikiAfrica Schools and its documentation are copyright Wiki In Africa and 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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