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Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse - Team Application Form[edit]

Before starting your application, make sure all members of your team have read and understood the team application guidelines.


Project idea[edit]

What idea do you want to bring to the W&E Greenhouse?[edit]

Describe the context, theme, goals, strategies, duration of your proposed initiative. Be as detailed as possible.

It is our quest to ensure sustainability in knowledge gathering and sharing through education and learning, where Wikipedia belongs. Our team will embark on a project named the Open Education Community Program (OECP). This project seeks to extend the reach of Wikipedia and selected sister projects through education and research. Its our hope to bridge the Wikipedia awareness gap as uncovered through a research by the New Readers Team at the WMF. This will lead to the creation of Ghanaian Content on English Wikipedia and non-english Wikipedia (such as Ga, Ewe and Twi) as well as other sister projects such as (Wikidata, WIkimedia Commons, Wikiversity, etc.) The following projects the pillars of the campaign:

  • Rural Wikipedia Education Program
  • Translate- a-thon and article creation on non-english Wikipedia’s
  • Technology and Green Mentorship Program

The team is looking at scaling this project for a 10 month period where the phases below will have its metrics met with the required impact each quarter.

Project Phase Description[edit]

1. Rural Wikipedia Education Program

This phase looks at possibilities to expand Wiki projects by reaching out to institutions in the rural communities who will adopt the Wikipedia Education Program. The objective is for all to be involved in contributing to the sum of all knowledge and none left behind. In Ghana there are some groups and communities bridging the knowledge gap in several ways. We wish to use this program to have a joint rural program where groups will be tasked on having this program implemented with the partnerships created. This will reduce the burden of cost of internet, accessibility to few communities engaged, encourage diverse training and shared responsibility in making impact.

2.Translate- a-thon and article creation on non-english Wikipedia’s

The second phase of this project seeks to address the gaps with our local languages representation on Wikipedia. We realised that there is a dire need to protect and preserve our local languages and the best store is to have them represented online through wikipedia in order to meet the needs of people who can read in other languages other than English. There will be trainings with Lecturers, teachers and professionals in the field of languages to help push this agenda. Students in the various institutions will have this as class assignments and will be scored a part of their language program and a translate-a-thon competition will be launched to crown the top three 93) highest contributors.

The goal is to translate 500 articles of the English Wikipedia to Ewe, Ga and Twi. This will be achieved by training language lecturers, students and teachers on how to not only contribute to wikipedia through diverse projects but have a broader scope in being advocates to teach members from similar groups. This will in turn expand the reach of outreach programs to educationist and translators.

3.Technology and Green Mentorship Program

The final phase of the project is a mentorship programme that is focused on using wikimedia tools for community based development through online education. It is targeted at students in the Central Region of Ghana towards using wikimedia tools to manage, acquire and share knowledge and findings for creating a high-tech community garden and community green planting project. The training will involve a computational thinking class for developing Do It Yourself (DIY) garden hacks to automate farm processes such as irrigation, temperature control, harvesting, storage,etc. The objective of the project is for students to learn circular economy concepts through edit-a-thons/ trainings to write around food storage, food processing, reuse of farm by-products and recycling in the region.

The class will be made up of 65% females and 35% males. Embarking in this program with a leadership training component will enlighten the females and males the need to appreciate invest.

In order for this project to be sustainable, a community based club is going to be formed comprising a minimum of two high schools. Club activities will focus on both learning and on-field engagement to enhance online knowledge feed on Wikipedia. The project seeks to award (4) exceptional students who exhibit ambassadorial potential and can create a susbtantial information .

The project will use the following Wikimedia sister projects:

  • Wikiversity: The project team will create a course on building local innovations.
  • Wikicommons:The team along with the students will contribute pictures, videos about a chosen topic or town onto wikicommons.
  • Mediawiki: The team will create a local platform for documenting the project.
  • Wikidata:Students will add querey's to items around the circular economy which has not been represented yet.

Since the project is located in the rural area, the team will use Kiwix as the main source of training modules and knowledge bank throughout the project whilst Meta wiki will be used for setting up an organizational structure.

Objectives & Metrics[edit]

Objectives:

  1. Extending the WEP to the rural communities.
  2. Promote cross collaboration amongst the Open Movement in Ghana.
  3. Recruit ambassador of Wikipedia and other sister projects to represent the affiliate in various regions where we are not yet there.
  4. Improve contents on Wikimedia projects.
  5. Extend educative opportunities and ensure inclusion of teachers, lecturers and linguists.

Metrics:

  1. Translate at least 500 articles from English into various Ghanaian languages
  2. Train about 50 new editors each from at least 5 regions in Ghana.
  3. Mentor over 1000 students across the country.
  4. 20 schools to be introduced to the Wikipedia Education Program
  5. 10 schools to accept the Wikipedia Education Program
  6. 2000 students to be trained
  7. 3000 articles to be translated into other languages by all language institutions listed
  8. Presentations and trainings in senior and junior high schools
  9. Edit-a-thon sessions each month
  10. At least 50 Audios and videos of indigenous languages being recorded and uploaded on wikimedia commons


Who would you engage in your initiative?[edit]

Describe the kind of relationships you have or plan to establish with potential partners in your community, both in your local Wikimedia community and education community.

  • University of Education, Winneba
  • Lancaster University Ghana
  • Ghana institute of languages
  • Goethe Institute
  • Ashesi Wiki Club
  • Ashesi University
  • Bureau of Ghana languages
  • Fabulous Women's Network
  • Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG)
  • OctaveCorp
  • African Science Academy
  • Ghana Institute of Journalism

In terms of financial resources, how much money would you need to achieve your goals?[edit]

Indicate your local currency and describe how you would divide your budget for this project.

Our currency is in Ghs and we will require Ghs for the total program.


Rural Wikipedia Education Program

Phase 1 Quantity Details Unit cost Total amount in Ghs Total amount in USD
Item
Strategy planning meeting 12 Meeting with all team members and community ambassadors to set timelines for the projects 80 960 186.33
Feeding 150 This will cater for 30 people each (lecturers and students) for the 5 regions 20 3000 582.27
Transportation 1 4 Cost of transportation to 10 schools in Accra 300 1200 232.91
Transportation 2 10 Cost of flight and bus to 25 schools out of Accra 600 6000 1164.54
Internet 5 Cost of internet for each region 300 1500 291.13
Projector 1 Usage in all the regions 2000 2000 388.18
Phone call Allowance 12 Cost of internet for team members and community ambassadors 80 960 186.33
Souvenirs 300 This includes printing costs and stationary 20 6000 1164.54
Team allowance 12 Project allowance and volunteer support 200 2400 465.82
Miscellaneous 1 This will cater for any increase in prices 1200 1200 232.91
Total 25,220 3,846.96


Translate - a-thon and article creation on non-english Wikipedia’s

Phase 2 Quantity Details Unit cost Total amount in Ghs Total amount in USD
Item
Strategy planning meeting 12 Meeting with all team members and community ambassadors to set timelines for the projects 80 960 186.33
Feeding 150 This will cater for all translate-a-thons in the 5 regions including all institutions 20 3000 582.27
Transportation 1 5 Cost of transportation to 10 schools in Accra 300 1500 291.13
Transportation 2 3 Cost of return tickets to institutions and organisations out of Accra 800 2400 465.82
Transportation 3 12 Cost of transportation for teams and community ambassadors for letter distribution 100 1200 300
Phone call Allowance 12 Cost of internet for team members and community ambassadors 80 960 186.33
Logistics 2 Cost of laptops to be used by trainers during the edu Tour 2000 4000 776.36
Awards 25 This includes printing costs and certificates/ souvenirs for translate-a-thons 200 5000 970.45
Team allowance 12 Project allowance and volunteer support 200 2400 465.82
Miscellaneous 1 This will cater for any increase in prices 1200 1200 232.91
Total 22,620 4,457.42

Technology and Green Mentorship Program

Phase 3 Quantity Details Unit cost Total amount in Ghs Total amount in USD
Item
Strategy planning meeting 12 Meeting with all team members and community ambassadors to set timelines for the projects 80 960 186.33
Feeding 150 This will cater 20 3000 582.27
Transportation 4 Cost of transportation 4 trips Cape Coast 300 1200 232.91
Internet 3 Cost of internet for 3 months 300 900 174.68
Phone call Allowance 12 Cost of internet for team members and community ambassadors 80 960 186.33
Souvenirs 300 This includes printing costs and stationary 20 6000 1164.54
Awards 25 This includes printing costs and certificates/ souvenirs for translate-a-thons 200 5000 970.45
Team allowance 12 Project allowance and volunteer support 200 2400 465.82
Miscellaneous 1 This will cater for any increase in prices 600 600 116.45
Total 21,020 4,079.78


Total cost

Item Details Final amount in Ghs Final amount in USD
All phases 68,860 12,384.16
Evaluation meeting Cost of evaluation meet up with team and all actors running the project 1000 194.09
TOTAL 69,860 12,578.25

How will you know your project has succeeded?[edit]

Describe potential evaluation plans, indicators, tools, etc. that will help you identify if you have achieved your goals

  • We will use a dashboard and onsite visitation to monitor progress.
  • Surveys will be conducted by teachers to measure their results in the respective schools.
  • Interviews with participants and lectures with a detailed report.
  • Exceeding targeted metrics and ensuring a sustainable program which will be run on a yearly basis by all trained educationist, language institutions and newbies.

What are the biggest challenges you foresee in the implementation of your idea and how would you address them?[edit]

Be as detailed as possible.


Motivation[edit]

Why do Wikimedia projects belong in education?[edit]

Share your team’s perspectives on the value of Wikimedia projects in education.

We believe that education and educating never ends. Wikimedia projects are geared towards having different cultures and background either to contribute or to acquire relevant knowledge for implementation and growth.

Why do you want to join the W&E Greenhouse?[edit]

Share your main reasons for applying, motivation, expectations, and what you would like to achieve by the end of this experience.

In Ghana, for a matter of fact through our years of trainings, projects led and hubs established, we have realised that it is quite difficult to introduce people to all the projects Wikimedia run so if these projects have education as a focal point, it’s easier to implement them especially in schools.

Also, this is an opportunity to get exposed through these online courses to be deeply educated and have a professional backing and experience when implementing our projects with lecturers, educators, educational institutions, resourceful organisations and the community in general.

Team[edit]

Who are the members of your team?[edit]

Indicate who will be the main focal point and the roles/responsibilities each member would have during the development of your project. Make sure your Wikimedia usernames are properly linked.

  1. Benedicta Nartey - Project Cordinator,(focal point)
  2. Andrews Lartey - OctaveCorp & Lancaster University Project lead
  3. Naa Kwaaley - Language translator
  4. Elizabeth Patterson - Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) & OctaveCorp
  5. Nii Commey - Researcher,Trainer
  6. Gameli Kofi-Bediako - Partnerships,Trainer
  7. Sixtus - Prospective Partner(Trainer)
  8. Richard Kwao - Communications

Where is your team located?[edit]

Keep in mind that all team members should be in the same location for the on-site visits from the WMF Education team. These visits will be scheduled in advance in consultation with the selected team.

-Accra

-Kumasi

-Tamale

What languages does your team speak?[edit]

Please, keep in mind that for this first edition of the Greenhouse the main language of communication will be English.

The spoken language of my team is English. Aside that, we are natives of the following languages;

  • Twi
  • Ga
  • Ewe
  • Fante

Have any members of your team been involved in organizing other Wikimedia outreach initiatives?[edit]

Please, provide links to newsletters/photos/documentation if available.

Yes!

  • Benedicta Nartey - Wikipedia Education Program at Ashesi University, Led series of trainings and edit-a-thons, Jury Coordinator for Wiki Loves Earth 2019 Ghana.
  • Andrews Lartey - Led trainings and edit sessions at Lancaster University Ghana

Which members of your team will join the “Wikimedia & Education Project Management” online course?[edit]

Remember at least one member of your team needs to join and fully complete the online course.

All team members are keen on participating. However, 2 volunteers will join the program together with Team members required to complete the course.

  1. Benedicta Nartey
  2. Andrews Lartey
  3. Elizabeth Patterson
  4. Joy Agyepong
  5. Stella Sessy Abgley

How did you learn about this opportunity?[edit]

- Wikimedia in Education mailing list: education@lists.wikimedia.org

- Recommendations from Fellow Wikimedians

- Telegram community groups

Get involved[edit]

Community notification[edit]

You are responsible for notifying relevant communities of your proposal, so that they can help you! Depending on your project, notification may be most appropriate on a Village Pump, talk page, mailing list, etc.--> Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

  • WhatsApp Groups
  • Wikimedia Ghana mailing list
  • African Wikimedians mailing list
  • Social media and Community members

Endorsements[edit]

Do you think this project should be selected to participate in the W&E Greenhouse? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project below! (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the discussion page).

  • I fully endorse this project because it will equip leaders, who would be participants with the skills, and requisite knowledge, to become trainers of trainees in their community. SAgbley (talk)
  • I fully endorse this project because it will equip communities to develop themselves, through pieces of training, initiatives and mentoring programs that the team will employ. Cnii (talk)
  • It will equip the participant with insight, skills and support their ideas in other to scale them into high impact initiatives in their community. With this initiative, i firmly endorse this project Joris Darlington Quarshie (talk)
  • I highly support this initiative because it will expose underprivileged students in rural communities to Open education platforms and enable them harness the potential of Open resources. Pambelle12 (User talk:Pambelle12)
  • A very ambitious project, but seems like there is also a big team to support it. I have no doubt that with proper guidance this could be a great success. Shani. (talk) 19:52, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Well planned project and the team members have good contribution in various Wikimedia projects. It is a promising project.Wikilover90 (talk) 01:47, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Kritzolina (talk) 14:10, 23 May 2019 (UTC)



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