Climate change has become the biggest problem in Swahili society and worldwide in general. Swahili Climate Voices aims to address the significant lack of content related to climate change on the Swahili Wikipedia. We recognize the importance of the Swahili Wikipedia as an active platform that has been serving the community for many years. However, the absence of comprehensive climate change content limits the dissemination of knowledge and hinders efforts to raise awareness and drive meaningful action. The program is spearheaded by two passionate organizers, Anuary Rajabu and Justine Msechu.
These dedicated individuals successfully completed the three-month-long Organizer Lab Course offered by the Wikimedia Foundation. Their profound commitment to the cause drives them to fill the void of climate change information on the Swahili Wikipedia, empowering the community to make informed decisions and contribute to global efforts against climate change.
Swahili Climate Voice was launched in May 2023 and is set to continue until October 2023. The program actively engages with multiple Wikimedia communities in Tanzania, including Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro, Wikimedia Community Arusha, and Tanzanian University Students Wikimedians. Thanks to the generous funding from the Wikimedia Foundation, the program has been able to collaborate closely with these communities, allowing them to organize and execute the program in their respective local communities.
The involvement of these communities has already made a notable impact during the initial phase of the program. The outreach efforts have successfully reached a wide audience, attracting a significant number of newcomers to join the movement. This surge in participation has contributed to the creation of numerous climate change articles on the Swahili Wikipedia, significantly enhancing the quality and depth of available content.
Through these collaborative endeavors, Swahili Climate Voices and its partner communities are making substantial strides in addressing climate change awareness and knowledge dissemination within the Swahili-speaking communities.
Furthermore, Swahili Climate Voices has forged strong partnerships with various NGOs and organizations dedicated to addressing climate change. Notable collaborations include Dunia Salama Foundation (DUSAFO), KSM Organic Fertilizer Ltd, and the Center for Research Cooperation. These strategic alliances have played a pivotal role in reaching out to newcomers and providing essential education about climate change. The combined efforts of Swahili Climate Voices and its partners have significantly contributed to raising awareness and fostering a deeper understanding of the climate crisis within the community.
Additionally, we have engaged with various media channels including radio, television, and online platforms to amplify the reach and visibility of the Swahili Climate Voices program. As a result, numerous online media outlets have featured posts and articles highlighting the significance of our initiative. Here are a few examples of online media posts, showcasing the Swahili Climate Voices program.
As the Swahili Climate Voices program continues its operations until October 2023, we have already witnessed significant impacts during its initial phase. These include the successful inclusion of newcomers as Wikipedia editors, particularly with a notable contribution from female participants, thus bridging the gender gap. Moreover, the program has formed strong partnerships and effectively addressed content gaps related to climate change and sustainability on the Wikimedia platform.
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