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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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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>.

Wikipedia women in eduacation, a success story[edit]

By Samir Elsharbaty (WMF)

One of Wikipedia Education Program conferences in Egypt, were nearly 90% of students are female

Snippet: The story of Wikipedia women efforts to support Wikipedia use in education around the world in the past four years.

Wikipedia Education Program started in 2010 with Public Policy Initiative to integrate Wikipedia in education for several reasons. One of the main reasons was to increase quality content on Wikipedia and to help narrow content gaps on it. The fact that nearly one of ten Wikipedia editors is a female was one of the motivations for the program participants to fight the gender gap on Wikipedia.

Since its inception in the United States, 46% of the Campus Ambassador program volunteers in the first term were female. The United States and Canada program exerted great efforts to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia where female users were a majority too.

In Egypt, the program was targeted to humanities schools where the majority of students are, originally, female. That was one of the factors that helped the program achieve a lot toward increasing female presence on Wikipedia. Nearly 90% of students contributing to Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt now are female. The program also brought to the Arabic Wikipedia Community many active female editors beside the first active female admin on the Arabic Wikipedia who is now the leader of Wikipedia Education Program in Cairo University. The Egyptian program is now totally run by Egyptian female volunteers with support from the Wikimedia Foundation.

In two years Wikipedia Education Program in Jordan too was able to attract so many female participants who joined as students and campus ambassadors. 50-70% of those who participated in the program in Jordan were female.

In other parts of the world, other activities are organized to target the gender gap. In Argentina, WM AR does research to understand the reasons behind gender gap beside holding different events to attract female participants. Last month Wikimedia Argentina held an editathon that witnessed strog presence of women. A big number of users wanted to attend but were not able to do, due to the limit set by IIEB Unesco, the co-organizer. This success and the obstacle of holding events for higher number encouraged the organizers to prepare for another one to be held online on the same topic. +1000 till now has registered to attend.

Read the post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog here.

Read more about the gender gap on Wikipedia here.

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