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Welcome to the Newsroom! :) The newsletter is published at the end of each month. The deadline is the 28th of each month. Submissions are welcome from anyone involved with Wikipedia/Wikimedia and education. Click the edit tab at the top of this page to add your news. Concerned about your English or your writing skills? We can write your article for you! Click here for help.. If you have any questions or need help with the newsletter editing, please reach out to Samir Elsharbaty at selsharbaty﹫wikimedia.org. Thank you for contributing to This Month In Education. :)


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In Mexico, Maria enjoys editing Wikipedia as her community service[edit]

Summary by Leigh Thelmadatter (Wiki Learning)

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Snippet: Maria writes about her social service that turned into a pleasant editing experience.

By law, Mexican university students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours before they can graduate. This requirement is called servicio social, and its purpose is to give students the opportunity to take the skills and knowledge from their classes and give back to the community. Since 2014, one of the options to complete servicio social hours is creating content on Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and its sister websites) through the Wikimedia affiliate Wiki Learning at Mexico’s private institution the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Maria is a biotechnology student at this university. She contributed to Wikipedia for two semesters with much enthusiasm. One reason is that she shares the ideals of the free and open knowledge movement, as she considers education a public utility that should be accessible to everyone. Mexico is not a rich country and quality education is scarce. This makes online, freely available information extremely important. Most of Maria's work has been translating biology and medical articles from English to Spanish, so that those who do not have my English reading ability can also access the information. This also correlates to the objective of servicio social, which is to create a link between students and their social environment, which today is as much global as it is national.

Read the full post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program at ITESM here.

Chinese students commemorate deceased philanthropist Run Run Shaw[edit]

By Addis Wang (Wikimedia User Group China) and Anna Koval (WMF)

Snippet: Chinese students honor deceased philanthropist in a photo campaign.

Wikimedia User Group China organized a photo campaign to honor the memory of deceased philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw and used the opportunity to teach a new generation of young people about his legacy. The participants were Chinese students -- mostly university level but also some from secondary schools. They photographed monuments -- some of the 6,013 schools and university buildings, public hospitals, and public theaters that Shaw donated during his lifetime.[1]

Run Run Shaw was, by all accounts, a great man. He was an advocate for and financial sponsor of both education and the arts.[2] Called "a colorful media mogul" by the New York Times, Shaw's name was synonymous with action movies and horror films, especially of the kung fu genre, which is is widely credited with inventing.[3] He used his influence and his ample wealth to better his world, his homeland, and his people. He was a very generous philanthropist. According to China News, he donated over 4.7 billion Hong Kong dollars to education.[1] Shaw passed away at the age of 106 last year.

The photo campaign ran for one month from 13 January through 15 February 2014. It was an online event only. It was the intention of the organizers to make this campaign a contest with prizes. However, because of limitations on volunteer time and capacity, it was not possible to do that this year. Nevertheless, the contributions were impressive! 81 participants from 24 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions uploaded 293 high quality photos to Wikimedia Commons. The photos can be seen at Commons:Category:Shaw Memory Campaign.

This small sized photo campaign was easy to organize. And it was effective at recruiting new content contributors. Wikimedia User Group China plans to do other similar projects like this one in the future.

Read more about the photo campaign on Chinese Wikipedia here.

View the students' photos on Wikimedia Commons here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in China here.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 "教育界缅怀邵逸夫 全国共建逸夫楼6013个." China News. 21 February 2015. <http://www.chinanews.com/edu/2014/02-21/5868599.shtml>.
  2. "Run Run Shaw." Wikipedia. 2015. <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Run_Run_Shaw&oldid=660858931>.
  3. "Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Movie Giant of the Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106." New York Times. 6 January 2014.<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/movies/run-run-shaw-movie-mogul-seen-as-creator-of-kung-fu-genre-dies-at-106.html?_r=1>.

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