Wikimedia Community Ireland collaborates with Partners from the Basque Country and Friesland
Wikimedia Community Ireland was delighted to host the Wiki Women Erasmus+ Partners meeting last week (October 24th-26th). We were joined by partners from Coláiste Oiriall in Monaghan, Learning Hub Friesland, Afûk (which promotes the Frisian language and culture), Mercator-Fryske Akademy (who facilitate interdisciplinary research on the Frisian language and Culture and minority languages), Euskal Wikilarien Kultura Elkartea (the Basque Wikimedia Group) and Antigua-Luberri BHI (A Basque Secondary School).
The WikiWomen Project addresses many imminent challenges the need for digital skills and literacy, the position of Europe’s smaller and minority languages, the need for multilingualism to be mainstreamed across school curricula, and the importance of gender equality, not only in society but also in the information we access.
The Meetings took Place at the Renovated Substation at Dublin Port
Dublin Port kindly provided a space for the meeting to take place. Discussions about Teaching materials and GLAMs Toolkits took place overlooking vistas of Dublin’s Docklands, the Liffey, and the distant Dublin mountains.
The teaching materials discussed included lesson plans and student activities on the gender gap, digital literacy, and the importance of elevating minority languages. These activities have been implemented in schools on an ongoing basis since the project began and are being developed and fine-tuned so that more schools can take part in the program.
The partners are also designing materials to provide GLAMs and language institutions with a step-by-step action plan to implement the WikiWomen program structurally in their educational outreach activities and collaborate with schools.
On the second day, the partners made important plans for the Basque and Frisian Wikithons taking place in 2024. These discussions took place in the renovated historical Substation building on the Dublin Port HQ grounds.
The Substation is a 20th-century redbrick building located on the corner of East Wall Road and Alexandra Road once played a pivotal role in the early electrification of Dublin Port. During renovations, part of the city’s 18th-century sea wall was discovered running under the Substation. The wall is now preserved under a glass floor in the building and on permanent display to the public and forms an integral part of the Port’s history. The partner meeting was followed by a guided tour of Dublin Port where we learned about its rich maritime history and heritage zone.
The partners left feeling inspired and motivated by the discussions, eager to get to work on the plans.