Introducing schools to WikiFundi and Wikipedia by incorporating local article-writing programme into their curriculums to build the next generation of Wikipedians.
WikiAfrica Schools supports the teacher’s mission to introduce global knowledge systems to their students, along with best practices and tools relating to critical thought. Additionally, the students benefit by being part of a global movement and learn that their knowledge matters.
The existing curriculum is used as the basis for the WikiAfrica Schools programme, which provides educators and students with an opportunity to use the WikiFundi offline editing environment to contribute to Wikipedia and thus develop and strengthen their curriculum-aligned teaching.
This involves rolling out a 6-month pilot (April to September 2017) to train and support willing schools and institutions to incorporate a WikiAfrica Schools programme into their teaching plans. The project will build each model collaboratively with the school or institution’s curriculum expert and teachers.
In addition, the programme provides an in-depth training course for teachers and two devices per organisation that mimic the processes required to contribute to Wikipedia (in an offline environment). Partner schools and institutions will also receive ongoing support – both remotely and on-Wiki – for the first three months of the programme.
The WikiAfrica Schools proof of concept is a Wiki In Africa project in collaboration with Moleskine Foundation and in partnership with African School for Excellence and the Global Teachers’ Institute.