With the non-profit Wiki In Africa, we are organising the 3rd edition of the WikiChallenge competition in 8 French-speaking African countries.
Initially slated to run until June 2020, the competition will be extended until 2021 due to the pandemic. Most of the schools participating in our competition are still partially or totally closed in several countries. See you after the summer holidays to find out more about the next steps!
A competition to encourage the digital education of African school children
The competition is aimed at pupils aged 9 to 13 years attending our Digital Schools: Cameroon, Côte-d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Tunisia. These school children who do not have textbooks or the internet, have been connected to offline educational content (Khan Academy, Wikipedia, Nomad Education, Vikidia, etc.) with the Raspberry-Pi tablets and servers that we provide to Primary Schools in more than 820 establishments.
For this 3rd edition, more than 150 of these establishments in total are taking part in this writing competition. The children at Digital Schools can now learn how to post a little about their daily lives on Vikidia. It will enable the school pupils to discover digital technology, and to make progress in writing while sharing their local culture with the rest of the world.
An international writing competition that highlights the wealth of African culture on the web
The writing theme is open but we have suggested to the schools that they create articles about themes that are dear to their community: their town, village, place of interest (mountain, river, national park, etc.), nearby museum or local curiosity. Pupils should use an encyclopaedic writing style. A way of strengthening the presence of African culture and everyday life.
With the software developed especially for this competition and the help of their teachers, the school pupils highlight their community, their everyday life, their environment and their culture. The pupils and teachers are supported and trained by educational mediators (and potentially wikimedians and vikidians).
Vikidia is an encyclopaedia for 8-13-year-olds. It works in the same way as Wikipedia with the particular feature that it invites children and teenagers to contribute with the adult participants. It has more than 27,000 articles in French in open source.
To find out more, read the presentation brochure.
Rewards for schools
The panel will appoint a winning school in each country that will receive 2,000 euros of school supplies including satchels, notebooks and computers among other things. The jury will then select 3 overall winners which will receive €5,000 of school supplies. The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony organised in spring 2020 in each of the 8 winning countries. In 2019, the second edition of the competition allowed pupils from 65 schools in Mali, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Tunisia and Madagascar to share their culture on Vikidia. The Orange Foundation’s mission is to help the most vulnerable people.
820 Digital Schools
We support 820 Digital Schools that teach more than 200,000 children in 16 African countries in 2020. They are one of the initiatives that help people use digital technology to access knowledge, integrate better and progress in society. Programmes to get back to basics.
In 2018, the first edition of the competition allowed pupils from 33 schools in Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Tunisia to share content about their culture on Vikidia.
In 2019, 65 establishments across 7 countries took part in the 2nd edition of the competition. They entered 99 articles and more than 600 photos! One establishment in each country was awarded a national prize. Three major international prizes were awarded by the panel.