Wikipedia for Schools
The Wikipedia for Schools Project is an initiative of Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia volunteers in Kenya. The aim of this initiative is to bring improved access to free information, especially critical educational content, to Kenya’s students and teachers through the installation of Offline Wikipedia in Primary & Secondary Schools across the country. Recognizing the need for extensive on-the-ground work with end users, Wikimedia Foundation would use a small team of volunteers to undertake this project. These volunteers consist of Wikipedia editors and/or those who are familiar with working in an open source/Linux environment.
This is a countrywide project. However, a pilot will be first undertaken for 3 regions, namely:
- Mombasa, Coast Province
- Nyeri, Central Province
- Kakamega, Western Province
Proposed start date: January 2011
The local team includes:
- Abbas Mahmood - project lead
- David Mugo
- Grace Kariuki
- Oliver Stegen
- Ann Njeri
- Oscar Limoke
- Sameer Muiruri
- Samson Maosa
- Sarah Osano
- Dennis Munene
- Alex Wafula
- Isaac Kosgei
- Branton Obwari
- Chris Riwa
- Stephen Wanjau
Scope of work
Below are the key tasks to be completed:
- Install and configure the Offline Wikipedia in the computers.
- Provide a simple printed Wikipedia guide that will assist beginners in getting started.
- Give out two lectures at each school: one for the teachers, and another for students. These two tutorials will teach the students/teachers on how to gain maximum benefit when using Wikipedia.
- Provide each school with a hard copy of the offline Wikipedia, for recovery purposes.
Scope of Pilot:
The Pilot will cover the following regions/schools:
|Khamis High School||Baricho Boys||St Agnes Shibuye Girls|
|Coast Girls’ High School||Ngaru Girls||Musoli Girls’ High School|
|Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed||Naromoru Boys High School||Malava Boys’ High School|
|Memon High School||Nanyuki Boarding School||Kakamega High School|
|Star of the Sea High School||Chinga Boys High School||Musingu Boys’High School|
|Ngala Memorial||Nyeri Boys High School||St. Ignatius Mukumu Boys’ High School|
|Aga Khan High School||Othaya Boys High School||Mukumu Girls’High School|
|Aga Khan Academy||Moi Equator Girls||Malava Girls’ High School|
|Jaffery Academy||Endarasha Boys High School||Bishop Sulumeti Girls’ High School|
|Light Academy||Naromoru Girls High School||Ignotse High School|
The project will be supervised by Barry Newstead and Jessie Wild from Wikimedia Foundation. The project leader locally is Abbas Mahmood.