Wikipack Africa

An offline action pack containing the WikiFundi editing environment, materials and content that allows for new editor training and contribution to continue when power, technology and the internet is unavailable.

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An action pack that contains the WikiFundi software, materials and content that facilitates the outreach work done by local Wikimedia chapters and user groups, or isolated individuals in African countries. This pack allows for new editor training and contribution to continue when technology fails or is inadequate, the internet is inaccessible, or the power goes out.

What’s in the pack?

  • A raspberry PI server for offline access to content helpful for the Wikimedians
  • The WikiFundi editing platform
  • An offline version of the Wikipedia encyclopaedia via Kiwix
  • Wikipedia for Schools resource selection and other educational content
  • Selection of the best outreach material from Wikimedia websites
  • Editable and printable templates of marketing and communication material about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects to distribute to interested people during events (stickers, leaflets, etc.)

Wikipack Africa empowers volunteer communities to grow as Wikimedia organisations pave the way for a self-reliant future. Further, it can be adapted to empower educators to assist with access to key educational resources, although it is primarily meant for individuals and groups who want to implement outreach projects, such as organising edit-a-thons, photo hunts, workshops, press conferences and so forth to promote Wikimedia projects.

Wikipack Africa was designed and created to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa. It has been developed by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood. The proof of concept has been conducted in collaboration with Wikimedia CH and supported by the Orange Foundation. The Wikipack Africa and its documentation is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

If you are a Wikimedian or Wikimedia group working in Africa, you can apply for a Wikipack here.

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