African & Proud, a mission-aligned organization with the Wikimedia Foundation, hosted WikiClassroom 1.0 in Nigeria. The WikiClassroom project aims at promoting Wikipedia and its sister’s project as a good place to gain an overview of a topic and find reliable sources that are good for academic research.
There has been reports that some students have been told not to use Wikipedia for academic research because anyone can edit it, however, this is not so, as Wikipedia’s online community of volunteers, administrators and bots ensure edits are based on reliable citation and references.
African & Proud visited some schools in Nigeria to enlighten and promote to the students the usage of Wikipedia as a learning tool for various academic research in school.
The enthusiastic students were so happy and eager to learn how powerful Wikipedia is and how they can even contribute to making it a more reliable project.
The students got more enthusiastic at the fact that they could contribute to Wikipedia some of them claim to have thought the articles have been written by some robots of some kind and were very curious about making research about some topics being taught in school and they confirmed that they got more clarity on topics taught in school by reading more on Wikipedia.
Most of the students said, they have had to visit Wikipedia to research about various Universities of interest to them, as well as get more information about their favorite topic and information across all field.
Link to African & Proud website: African & Proud – Non-profit Initiative (africanandproud.org)
Link to African & Proud meta page: African & Proud (AP) – Meta (wikimedia.org)
Link to WikiClassroom meta page: WikiClassroom – Meta (wikimedia.org)
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