After the project had ended, we contacted the schools to request for feedback. These were the most common responses we got:
- The content of the offline Wikipedia was created by SOS UK, based on the British curriculum, therefore not fully appropriate for Kenyan students.
- Some of the computers were obsolete and/or old, making the installation painfully slow.
- One school complained about the technical difficulty in re-installing the offline Wikipedia.
- Free and readily available to students and teachers, as opposed to textbooks that were quite expensive for some students to afford.
- We noticed that it was more frequently used in computers that were located in a library setting as compared to those that were in a computer laboratory.
- Some students really liked the coloured, illustrative images. Apparently, this was more appealling to the eye and brain, as compared to a similar black and white image drawn on a textbook or blackboard.
What we're planning to do next
- Create a custom-made version of offline Wikipedia that is in accordance to the Kenyan curriculum.
- Deploy this new version country-wide.