Children from schools with no internet connection will be able to post online for the first time! Thanks to the equipment provided by our Digital Schools, African students can now take part in the Wiki Challenge competition in Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Tunisia.
Our competition raises awareness among these students of how their culture remains under-represented in online encyclopaedias.
The African Schools Wiki Challenge in partnership with Wiki In Africa, started in September 2017. Since then, 45 schools in Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Tunisia have taken part.
An innovative project and an initiative to share new perspectives
This project emerged a year and half ago to offer students in remote areas, with little or no internet access, the opportunity to create and share articles on their culture, their everyday life and their environment.
To get around the absence of an internet connection in these schools, the wikifundi software was developed so students should be able to write articles offline and upload them to the site, which puts them online. In tandem with the tablets connected to the mini server in our Digital Schools kit, this software opens the doors to online publication for schools without an internet connection.
Their entries will be published on the Vikidia platform, an online platform aimed at 8 to 13 year olds.
More than an innovative project, this is an opportunity to share new perspectives with the entire world. It will be the first time these students in remote areas are able to share their experiences in writing... but also an opportunity for people from around the world to discover little-known cultures and traditions as explained by the children experiencing them.
The themes which inspired African children
The students generated a wealth of ideas, from articles on Lake Magui in Mali to the Guellala Museum on the Island of Djerba in Tunisia, the aluminium factory in Guinea, the Rova Ifaly in Madagascar and their countries’ respective traditional celebrations...
The teachers get involved
A digital consultant is provided to support the teachers, helping them to manage the content provided by the students. Teachers were also provided training to make sure they are confident using the platform.
Suggested articles are already online on vikidia.
Winners soon to be announced!
An international jury will select the winners over the coming days.
Continue to follow and encourage the children’s adventure as part of the challenge on social media!