Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere; A Dream Comes True for the Participants.

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It was a dream comes true for the students and staff of the Federal University of Kashere who were sitting idle at home due to the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities industrial strike when the opportunity to become wikimedia editors presented itself. The Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere was organised by Muib Shefiu as a one month training and awareness programme that rigorously trained participants on logical and reliable ways of contributing to the free encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, Wiki common and Wikidata.

The participants during the second physical training.

The program campaign that started on the 24th of September 2022 and ended on the 24th October, 2022 successful created awareness for over six hundred people, it sees to the creation of account for a hundred people, it trained fifty participants and it has more than a thousand contributions across Wikimedia Foundation Projects.

The Project Lead (Middle) and the top editors of the project’s edit-a-thon.

The program had two sections; online and physical. The online training was facilitated by Bukola O James, Tesleemah Taye Abdulkareem and Abdulkareem, Taoheedah Kehinde. It was carried out in two days 24th and 25th September, 2022. During the training, the participants were introduced to what wikimedia projects are and the various ways in which they can contribute to the major Wikimedia projects.

On the 1st of October, 2022, the first physical training took place. The training that was facilitated by Abubakar A Gwanki , Musaddam Idriss Musa, Adamu Usman Garko and Babatunde Abdulrahman was  a hands on experience training. The participants were taken through the journey of the systematic and logical ways of contributing to the Wikimedia projects.

Consequently, three weeks closely monitored edit-a-thon was flagged off. An activity that see to the creation/ edition of close to three hundred Wikipedia articles, creation of over one hundred wikidata items and the uploading of over six hundred non copyrighted photos on Commons.

From left: Abubakar A Gwanki, Musaddam Idriss , Adamu Usman Garko, Muib Shefiu, Babatunde Abdulrahman and Abdulghonniy Mustapha.

Moreover, the last physical training training took place on the 22nd of October, 2022. In this training, the participants were retrained especially on the common mistakes and errors they commited during the edit-a-thon.

Most importantly, the participants were certified and their massive positive feedbacks on different social media expressing the effectiveness of the training testify to the success of the programme. Also, it was discovered that the training was a dream comes true for the participants as many of them have been curious to know how information are being added to Wikipedia and how they can be the brain behind it.

Participants’ testimonies to the effectiveness of the program.

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