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Why support the use of Wikimedia projects in education?

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

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

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

We know that students learn valuable skills when they contribute to Wikimedia projects[1]. 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.”[2] Our volunteer program leaders are ready to support education activities in their local communities around the world. The education team at the WMF is tasked with collaborating with diverse partners, up skilling our volunteers, providing resources and tools for educators, and ensuring that we are collecting data, measuring outcomes, and sharing the results.

Our Goals

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

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.

How we can work together

Using the Wikimedia projects in education contributes to digital equity in education[3] while at the same time, educators and students are contributing to knowledge equity. By fostering the relationship between the Wikimedia movement and the education sector, we can create a world where everyone not only has access to knowledge, but has the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Find out below how we are contributing to digital equity in education and how you can partner with us.

Hardware, software and connectivity to the Internet

What we can do

  • Provide opportunities to contribute to open knowledge and educational access by linking you with our volunteers in local communities. Often times, they need support to finance infrastructure like computers, internet access, etc.

What you can do

  • Provide our volunteers with the infrastructure they need to support the use of Wikimedia projects in education

Related projects and activities

Meaningful, high quality, culturally relevant content in local languages

What we can do

  • Work with our volunteers to improve the quantity and quality of content on Wikimedia projects in local languages through engaging the education sector and implementing education projects in local communities.
  • Provide resources for educators to understand how to use the content on Wikimedia projects to enhance learning in their classrooms.

What you can do

  • Provide our volunteers with access to resources in local languages.
  • Collaborate with us to incorporate “Wiki literacy” into your national curriculum.

Related projects and activities

Educators who know how to use digital tools and resources

What we can do

  • Work with our volunteers to organize teacher training programs in your local context.

What you can do

  • Collaborate with us to incorporate “Wiki literacy” into teacher education programs.

Related projects and activities

High quality research on the application of digital technologies to enhance learning

What we can do

  • Work with our volunteers to evaluate their local education projects and make the data freely accessible.

What you can do

  • Provide evaluation support to our local volunteers.

Relevant example

Content creation

What we can do

  • Help the education sector utilize Wikimedia projects to provide content creation opportunities for educators and students.

What you can do

  • Work with us to increase awareness of the value of content creation as a 21st century skill.
  • Advocate for the value of Wikimedia projects in education to educators and policy-makers.

Related projects and activities