Wikimedia World 1

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In the “Wikimedia World” series, I curate various archives of the Wikimedia Movement. I hope it will encourage Wikimedians to know more about the movement around the world, to compare other Wikimedians’ activities to their own, and to create archives of their experiences.

The logo of Wikimedia World (Uraniwa, CC0)

Africa Day Campaign 2023

Africa Day Campaign 2023 is an online campaign which aims to improve the representation of Africa on Wikimedia projects. Under the theme “Africa Continental Free Trade,” African Wikimedians hosted various events.

Kaffzz, CC-BY-SA 4.0

For example, teachers in Abuja, Nigeria held an in-person editathon on 2nd June 2023 where they translated various Wikipedia articles and improved Wikidata items. The outcomes are beautifully listed up on MetaWiki [[Africa Day 2023: Teachers celebrating Africa]]. This activity was also introduced on Education News on Metawiki.

Teachers celebrating Africa held an in-person event in Abuja, Nigeria on 2nd June 2023 (Oby Ezeilo, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Africa Day Campaign also covered other Wikimedia projects; Wikimedians in Kenya implemented a Wikiquote-focused campaign. Let’s take a look at MetaWiki [[Wikimedia Community User Group Kenya/Project/ African Day Campaign in Kenya 2023]] which introduces the voices of the participants.

I was honoured to be one of the facilitators of the Africa Day Campaign,Wikiquotes. I have improved on both my leeadership and editing skills.We had successful trainings and edit-a-thons which were educative and insightful thanks toour project manager Ms Carol Mwaura. I am super excited to continue editing and creating more articles on Wikiquotes. Ann Wavinya

MetaWiki [[Wikimedia Community User Group Kenya/Project/ African Day Campaign in Kenya 2023]] 13:05, 4 August 2023‎ (UTC)
The poster of Wikiquote editathon hosted by Wikimedians in Kenya (Queen Asali, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Some organizations produced very detailed reports. For instance, Wikimedians in Rwanda collected the results of their project on outreach dashboard and created a financial report on MetaWiki [[Africa Day Campaign 2023 in Rwanda]]. Those reports will become good guides for Wikimedians who want to hold similar Wikimedia events.

Online training by Wikimedians in Rwanda (Cnyirahabihirwe123, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Other African Wikimedians and organizations also participated in the campaign. Details can be seen on MetaWiki [[Category:Africa Day Campaign 2023]].

Student Wikimedian Clubs in Turkey

As of January 2024, there are four student Wikimedian clubs in Turkey; Üsküdar University Wikipedia Student Club, Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club, METU Northern Cyprus Campus Wikipedia Society, and Istanbul Medipol University Wikipedia Student Club.

Kurmanbek, CC BY-SA 4.0

The students have done various works. For example, from October 20 to 23, they got together at The Turkic Wikimedians Conference 2023 and shared their experiences.

The Turkic Wikimedians Conference 2023 (Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Another example is the CEE Youth Group Prague Meeting 2023. At that meeting, Caner (User:Kurmanbek), a member of Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club shared the activities with the young Wikimedians from CEE region (CEE means Central and Eastern Europe). Caner reported the session on Diff.

At a dinner where all the participants met after the play, I told the people around me about our activities such as the student clubs project in Türkiye and listened to them about the activities in their own countries. I also stated that we could collaborate between communities on student clubs and youth projects.

Kurmanbek (29 November 2023) “My CEE Youth Group Prague Meeting 2023 notes” Diff.
CEE Youth Group Prague Meeting 2023 (Jan Beránek, CC BY-SA 4.0)

They also interact with Wikimedians who live far away from Turkey. Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club became a sister club with Student Wikipedian Community in Waseda University Tokyo under the Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship project and held a Japan-themed editathon in Istanbul!

The Japan-themed editathon in Istanbul (Kurmanbek, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Information about the clubs is summarized on MetaWiki [[Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey/Student Clubs]].

Wikipedia Kites in Bangladesh

14th January is a traditional day for people in Dhaka, Bangladesh to fly kites (Shakrain festival) . The 2011 report of Wikimedia Bangladesh tells us that Wikimedians in Dhaka enjoyed to fly Wikipedia-kites!

Bellayet, CC BY-SA 3.0
Bellayet, CC BY-SA 3.0
Bellayet, CC BY-SA 3.0
Bellayet, CC BY-SA 3.0

More photos can be seen on Wikimedia Commons [[Category:Kite flying for Wikipedia]].

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