Sub-saharan Africa Strategic Talk

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EN: This conversation is open to anyone interested in Movement Strategy topics in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. You can ask or comment on anything! You are encouraged to do this in your preferred local language. Links to news or discussions relevant to our region are also welcome. You can find more regional topics on #sub-saharan-africa

FR: Cette conversation est ouverte à toute personne intéressée par les sujets liés à la Stratégie du Mouvement dans le contexte de l’Amérique du Nord (en particulier les États-Unis et le Canada). Vous pouvez demander ou commenter tout ce que vous voulez ! Vous êtes encouragé.es à le faire dans votre langue préférée. Des liens vers des discussions nouvelles ou pertinentes pour notre région sont également les bienvenus. Vous pouvez trouver d’autres sujets liés à la région sur #sub-saharan-africa

SW: Mazungumzo haya yako wazi kwa mtu yeyote anayevutiwa na mada za Mkakati wa Harakati katika muktadha wa Afrika Kusini mwa Jangwa la Sahara. Unaweza kuuliza au kutoa maoni juu ya chochote! Unahimizwa kufanya hivi katika lugha yako ya ndani unayopendelea. Viungo vya habari au mijadala muhimu kwa eneo letu pia vinakaribishwa. Unaweza kupata mada zaidi za kikanda kwenye #sub-saharan-africa

HA:Wannan tattaunawa a buɗe take ga duk wanda ke da sha’awar batutuwan tsara dabarun tafiyar a cikin yankin Saharar Afirka. Kuna iya tambaya ko sharhi akan wani abu! Ana ƙarfafa ku don yin wannan a cikin yaren da kuka fi so. Hakanan ana maraba da hanyoyin haɗe haɗe zuwa labarai ko tattaunawa da suka shafi yankin mu ana maraba dasu. Kuna iya samun ƙarin batutuwa akan yanki #sub-saharan-africa

TW:Y’abie saa nkɔmɔ twetwee yi ama obi biara a n’ani gye ‘Movement Strategy’ nsɛmsɛm a ɛfa ‘Sub-Saharan’ Abibirem ho. Sɛ wo wɔ asɛm bisa biara a wo bɛ tumi abisa anaa sɛ wo wɔ asɛm bi ka a wo bɛ tumi de ato dwa. Mo wɔ ho kwan sɛ mo bɛ tumi ayɛ saa adeɛ wei wɔ mo ankasa mo kasa mu. Akwankyerɛ a ɛfa yɛn nkɔmɔ twetwee yi a ɛho hia a ɛbɛboa yɛn dwumadie no nso yɛgye tom. Wo bɛ tumi ahu yɛnsɛm no pii wɔ #sub-saharan-africa
YO;Ifọrọwanilẹnuwo yii wa ni sisi si ẹnikẹni ti o nifẹ si awọn koko-ọrọ Ilana Iṣipopada ni aaye ti iha isale asale Sahara. O le beere tabi ọrọìwòye lori ohunkohun! O gba ọ niyanju lati ṣe eyi ni ede agbegbe ti o fẹ. Awọn ọna asopọ si awọn iroyin tabi awọn ijiroro ti o ni ibatan si agbegbe wa tun ṣe itẹwọgba. O le wa awọn koko-ọrọ agbegbe diẹ sii lori #saharan-africa

GPE: Dem open dis conversation to anybro wey be interested for Movement Strategy dema topics inside in de contest of Sub-Sahara Africa. You fi biz or comment for anything top! Dem encourage make you do dis for local language wey you dey prefer inside. We dey welcome links come news or discussions wey be relevant for wana region. You fi find more regional topics for #sub-saharan-africa top

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Looking at the replies here, most of the responses from people align with the Investing in Skills and leadership recommendation. Some communities in the region have started assessing their communities to understand their current capacities and the skills they will need training on.
@Tochiprecious @Shahadusadik @CaliBen @Em-mustapha @Ruby_D-Brown @Oby_Ezeilo @Atibrarian @Alhassan_Mohammed_Awal @Gilbert_Ndihokubwayo @RebeccaRwanda Is or has your community conducted this needs assessment? What interesting thing did your community learn from the research and what are the major skills your community members need training on?

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Yego ! nki ikipe ya wikimedia user group Rwanda, twize byinshi murububushakashatsi tugukora muri iki gihe ! turi gukorana naza kominote zitandukanye mukarere kibiyaga bigari, nka Goma, Bukavu ndetse n’ Uburundi ariko hamwe nibyo Wikimedia Foundation yaduhaye ubufasha bwitekerezo ndetse ninkunga.

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Gare mu a Hausa community yanzu ne muke kan aikin aiwatar da bincike akan sanin wasu buƙatu ne na ƙwarewa al’ummar mu suke buƙata. A wannan lokacin dai ba zamu iya sanin menene cikakken ƙwarewa da al’ummar mu suke nema ba ko kuma mu iya bada amsoshin akan waɗannan tambayoyi ayanzu.

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The consistent needs and challenges from different student led Wikimedia communities in African Universities was the high cost of internet, poor internet connectivity, lack of good devices (personal computers) to contribute, IP blocks, some form of harassment while editing Wikipedia and poor know how of how the wiki works and how to contribute.

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Thank you all for your valuable contribution to this conversation so far.

@Timmylegend with all these challenges you have mentioned I am curious to know the kind of experiences or outcomes you get from your edit-a-thon or meetups. Can you share more of your experiences during edit-a-thons or meetups? Are they productive? Are contributors from your region able to make contributions on Wikimedia projects despite all these challenges? @Tochiprecious @Shahadusadik @Em-mustapha @Ruby_D-Brown @Oby_Ezeilo @Atibrarian @Alhassan_Mohammed_Awal @Gilbert_Ndihokubwayo @RebeccaRwanda does your community identify with any of these challenges too? I would love to hear the experiences from your communities as well.

100%. We have student communities as well and even without the student communities, I can relate with 100% of all that has been mentioned by @Timmylegend. The high cost of internet, the IP blocks. Even though we try to make provisions for data reimbursements during trainings, it’s not been easy.

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Edit-a-thons and meetups are productive especially because we are able to introduce new participants to wiki projects, the movement, our community and possibly create and improve at articles. I have come to the understanding that no matter how well you prepare, there is going to be a hitch in internet connection or an IP block and therefore you might not get everyone to create or improve an article. The problem is editing after an event. I have observed that not many volunteers edit after our meetups. The very few who edit are either provided with data allowance or have to be reminded to work on an article (kind of pressured). A sure way to ensure editing outside our meet ups is the introduction of contests. With this, volunteers could edit almost everyday. However if there is no contest, there is little motivation to edit outside meetups or edit-a-thons.

I would like to highlight the issue of partnership. It’s not easy to establish partnership with institutions or organizations.

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Edit-a-thons are very productive from my region. There are always challenges that we face in meetups but when the community works as a team these challenges are minimized. From my region new editors always get help from the experienced ones and having different sources of internet from different internet providers helps to reduce the challenge of internet connectivity. There is lack of motivation to contribute to Wikimedia projects after meetups but having edit-a-thons more frequently minimizes this challenge.

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@Em-mustapha Oh right! It was mentioned here that you have been awarded a movement strategy grant for this research. Congratulations! I am looking forward to learning about the progress and outcomes of your work. Would you use this space to share some of the challenges and your progress while embarking on this research?

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Nhyiamudie a yɛhyia mu twetwe nkɔmɔ fa Wiki dwumadie ne nsɛm a yɛde gu hɔ no yɛ adeɛ a ɛho hia paa yie. Efiri sɛ ɛboa ma yɛ nya nnipa afoforɔ a wɔn ani gye dwumadie no ho ma wɔn bɛka yɛn ho. Afei nso ɛboa ma yɛtumi de nsɛm pii gu Wikipedia so, nanso nokwrɛ no ne sɛ ɛnfa ho ne sɛdeɛ yɛ bɛ boa yɛn ho afa, yɛ kɔ biaa a yɛ nya ɔhaw, ɔhaw no bi a yɛfa mu ne IP block, intanɛt kɔnɛkhyen nso yɛ ɔhaw baako, ɛba no saa a nnyɛ nnipa no nyinaa na etumi yɛ wɔn nsɛmfua no, saa adeɛ no ha adwen bebree firi sɛ mo botaeɛ a ɛno nti mo wɔ hɔ no bɛsesa.

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Thank you so much
Our interest is to discover our strength as well as to work to our weakness
The majors skills our community member need is skills on editing and and effective translation to our local language .

Ikindi nuko birgufasha ururimi gakondo rwacu mu kwandikaho ndetse no guteza imbere inyandiko nyarwanda , na abantu bakaba babona ibyo twandi mu rurimi rwacu .

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Sure!

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15 posts were split to a new topic: How to resolve the problem of IP and user blocks in African editathons

Thank you @Zuz_WMF, I will try to update it here. Regards

By the way, has anyone noticed any changes on their local language wiki? @Oby_Ezeilo @Em-mustapha @CaliBen @Din-nani1 @Alhassan_Mohammed_Awal @Tochiprecious @Jemima2019 Do you like the new look of your wiki? what are some new features you see and like? I see Twi Wikipedia interface looks different and nicer compared to the previous interface both on mobile and desktop.

Yes :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes: it was posted in our user group. It looks more beautiful and interesting to compare to what it was before but their is still room for more Adjustments .

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oh zirahari impinduka nyishi kuri meta page za wikipedia kinyarwanda ,
ndashimira buri umwe wese ushyiramo imbaraga ngo impinduka nziza zigerweho .

Murakoze

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Kuruhande rwajye nta mbogamizi zihari gusa imwe ndibaza niba ziriya partials reseach zizakoreshwa kuko umuntu ashobora kuba yaratanze amakuru meza kurundi ruhande ntuyuze ubushakashatsi haburi nko gusibiza ikibazo kimwe .
bizagenda gute ?