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We believe Wikipedia belongs in education. When students of all ages contribute to Wikimedia projects as part of their learning, they gain significant 21st century skills. By fostering a relationship between Education and the Wikimedia movement, we have the best chance to realize our goal that the sum of all knowledge will be accessible to everyone in the world for free. 

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Where we’ve been


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The original concept for the "Wikipedia Education Program" aimed to get college professors to learn how to edit Wikipedia and then assign students to edit Wikipedia as part of their course.



Where we are


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Now, education in the Wikimedia movement is more diverse, with programs in all parts of the world, at every education level, and using every Wikimedia project.



Where we want to go


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We know that students learn valuable skills when they contribute to Wikimedia projects. We want to empower our program leaders to work with educators, not only in the developed world, but as part of our 2030 strategic direction “we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege.” There are volunteer education organizers already supporting education activities in their local communities around the world. The education team at the WMF is tasked with collaborating with diverse partners, supporting our volunteer community, providing resources and tools for educators, and ensuring that we are collecting data, measuring outcomes, and sharing the results.



Our Goals


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Engage new people in the movement. Our “audience” is everyone, and we’re not there yet.
  • We want to increase awareness with people who don’t know about our mission and projects.
  • We want new people to contribute in ways that are meaningful to them, through editing or other contributions, or by bringing others from their communities into the fold


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More open knowledge, in all forms

  • We want to foster contributions that produce more freely available content, especially in local languages to serve everyone better.
  • We want everyone to have access to better knowledge. We believe this happens through increased participation and new perspectives. We seek higher quality content, especially in local languages.




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