Education/Newsletter/March 2016/Wikipedia workshop for students of Fountain University

By Olatunde Isaac (Wikimedia User Group Nigeria)

Snippet: A 2-day Wikipedia workshop was organized by Wikimedia User Group Nigeria for students of Fountain University in Osun State, Nigeria.

On 16 January 2016, the education program team in Nigeria, led by Olatunde Isaac, organized a 2-day workshop for students of Fountain University in Osun State as part of the celebration of Wikipedia's 15 year anniversary. The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint the students with the overall scope of Wikipedia, its policies, and its practices. The overall aim of the workshop is to increase the number of editors from Nigeria and to establish a strong relationship between the institution, the user group, and the education program team. The first workshop was held on 16 January 2016 at the university's main campus. The second workshop was held on 28 January 2016 in the same venue.

Over 20 students participated in the workshop and 6 experienced Wikimedians were present, including Olaniyan Olushola, the team lead of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria. The workshop was a success and the vice-chancellor of the university described the pilot as "a step towards increasing the number of subject-specific contributors". About 8 participants of the workshop are now active editors of the English Wikipedia. We are likely to record a higher number after they finish their second semester examination. Also, Dr. Abdul Jaleel Shittu, the Head of the Computer Department and an Associate Professor of Computer Science, is now an active member of the education program team here in Nigeria.

Read more about this workshop on English Wikipedia here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Nigeria here.