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Introducing schools to WikiFundi and Wikipedia by incorporating  local article-writing programme into their curriculums in order to build the next generation of Wikipedians.

Isla Haddow-Flood and Adama Sanneh (lettera27) works with ASE students at the WikiAfrica Storytelling workshop at ASE in 2015. Photo:  Siphosihle Khwanazi

WikiAfrica Schools supports the teacher’s mission to introduce online knowledge systems and how they work to their students, along with critical information literacy skills, and best practices and tools relating to critical thought. Additionally, the students benefit by being part of a global movement and learn that their knowledge is valued and valuable.  

The existing curriculum is used as a base for the WikiAfrica Schools programme, which provides educators and students with an opportunity to use the WikiFundi offline editing environment to contribute to Wikipedia and thus develop and strengthen their curriculum-aligned teaching.

Currently in the proof of concept phase, the WikiAfrica Schools project is training and supporting the African School of Excellence (ASE) and Global Teacher Institute’s Future Leaders to incorporate writing Wikipedia articles in their teaching plans. The project is building each model collaboratively with the school to ensure its effectiveness.

The programme provides in-depth training for teachers. The WikiFundi devices are donated to each participating organisation. On each device is a host of offline education resources, including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, WikiSource and Wikiquote, in addition to the WikiFundi environment that mimics the processes required to contribute to Wikipedia offline. Partnering institutions receive ongoing support – both remotely and on-Wiki – for the first three months of the integration programme.

ASE students reading Wikipedia at the WikiAfrica Storytelling workshop at ASE in 2015. Photo:  Siphosihle Khwanazi

Once the project is operational, the teachers will be encouraged to apply for a scholarship to attend Wiki Indaba in Tunisia 2018 to share their work and findings with the wider Wikipedia community within Africa.

Key expected outcomes in 2017:

  • 1 country covered
  • 10 teachers trained
  • 160 of students trained (conservatively based on 40 children per school)
  • 20 articles created during the training workshops
  • 40 (minimum) articles published to Wikipedia through the teaching integration process
  • 80 (minimum) photographs and media submitted to Wikimedia Commons

Partners

The proof of concept has been supported by lettera27 in collaboration with African School of Excellence and the Global Teachers’ Institute.

Credits:

The photographs on this page were taken by Siphosihle Khwanazi at the African School of Excellence in 2015 when lettera27 and WikiAfrica conducted a Storytelling week.

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