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 who work under challenging conditions.
It also facilitates educational projects, two of which are 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 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 is available in English and French. It 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.
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. WikiAfrica Schools is an ongoing project, whose pilot project in South Africa was funded by the Moleskin Foundation.
Additional development of WikiFundi was 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, WikiChallenge African Schools, WikiAfrica Schools and Wikipack Africa and its documentation are copyrighted by Wiki In Africa and licenced under CC-BY-SA 4.0.
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