WikiFundi enables teachers, wikipedian communities and NGOs to learn about editing Wikipedia and contributing knowledge when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all. It enables individuals, groups, schools and communities to work on articles collaboratively. Once completed and when connected to the internet, these articles can be uploaded to Wikipedia.
In 2017 WikiFundi has been rolled out in 15 countries across Africa. As part of the Wikipack Africa, WikiFundi is being used by Wikimedia usergroups, volunteers and educational organisations in Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, WikiFundi is available via the Digital Schools programme of the Orange Foundation in dozen of countries and actively used as part of the WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique project. It as also used in South Africa as part of the WikiAfrica Schools Program. WikiFundi has been presented (both as lightning talk and as poster) in Wikimania Cap Town.
In fall 2018, a new version of the software was released, with bug fixing and better user experience. The poster will provide statistics and other relevant information on the project. The WikiFundi will be plugged in for anyone to try it.
Leaflets and stickers will also be available in addition to the poster. And of course, a beautiful, knowledgeable and helpful person will be ready to answer all questions during the poster session (she did so for 3 hours last year in Cap Town...).
The WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique is an exciting Writing Contest for primary schools children. The Contest took place in Primary Schools in 4 francophone African countries (Mali, Madagascar, Guinea, Tunisia). This contest was reconducted in 2018-2019, taking into consideration the lessons learned from the first year.
Both years, the contest was organized in collaboration with local Foundation Orange groups, who were in direct contact with the participating schools. Local Foundation Orange groups were supported online by Florence Devouard or by wikimedians, such as members of Wikimedia Tunisia. Training sessions of facilitators were organized. The aim of the project was to enhance each school ability to learn about Vikidia (and ultimately Wikipedia) and contribute content offline. Content produced by the kids has been integrated into Vikidia (a 8-13 kids encyclopedia) once completed offline (by the schools and writers). The articles have been judged once online. Activities in the schools were followed on the Facebook page anytime possible.
The lightning talk would focus on explaining how we organized the WikiChallenge African Schools and how we hope that it will participate building the next generation of Wikipedians.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
The organisers of the community growth space wish to provide any necessary support to presenters and participants that they may need and also wish to have an active role in shaping the content of the space to maximise the benefit of all attendees. Please let us know if you would appreciate any help, and if you consent to constructive suggestions from the organiser team that would allow the largest amount of people to share and benefit from each other's contributions.
I would be interested in receiving help in shaping my submission: YES
In particular, I would need the following type of help or advice: interested for it to be part of a panel rather than a lighting talk. In which case, I would need help to join such a panel :)
I consent to the organisers of the space contacting me to discuss alternative ways to present my knowledge (for example, merging two proposals into a common presentation, a panel debate instead of a lightning talk, etc.), or ways to modify and improve my proposal (for example by ensuring a gender diversity on panels) : YES
If my proposal is not selected for a presentation, I would be interested in presenting my proposal in the form of a poster in the Community Growth space: YES Two posters already planned anyway
I consent to my proposal being proposed to organisers of other spaces if it would be a good cross-over topic or if it fits better into the other space's scope: YES