Provides an offline editable environment that enables new contributors to learn how to edit Wikipedia and work on articles collaboratively, even when access to power, technology and the internet is unavailable.

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In Africa, access to electricity, technology and internet connectivity often fails or is not available at all. Driven by the belief that this should not prevent new editors from being trained or deter them from contributing to Wikipedia – WikiFundi provides an offline editable environment that is a similar experience to editing Wikipedia online.

This platform enables individuals, groups and communities to learn how to edit Wikipedia and work on articles collaboratively. Once completed and connected to the internet, these articles can be uploaded to Wikipedia.

The project is currently operational in 13 countries via two programmes:

  • Wikipack Africa – where it assists the outreach work of Wikipedians in Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda
  • WikiChallenge African Schools – part of the Orange Foundation’s Digital Schools Project in Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, and Tunisia.
  • WikiAfrica Schools – a project, currently in its pilot phase at secondary schools in South Africa, that is a collaboration with the Moleskine Foundation.

WikiFundi has been created by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood within the frame of the WikiAfrica movement. The creation of WikiFundi, and the proof of concept, has been funded by Foundation Orange, and supported by Wikimedia CH.

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