Open breeds collaboration, creativity and access to all.
We create opportunities that invite all who work or have experience in the areas of our expertise to partner and collectively reach greater impact
Remember when the world shares everyone wins!.
At OFWA we believe in causes that support the broader vision of education, equal rights, justice, transparency and security. We approach such advocacy work through the use of open resources and technologies, some of these initiatives we undertake include but not limited to policy advocacy, open access, open education, open licenses and internet affordability, transparency and security.
Creative Common (CC) license has a host of the several public copyright license that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work. Creative Commons license do not replace copyright, but are based upon it and provides some rights reserved as opposed to Copyright all rights reserved.
Open Foundation West Africa, educates Ghanaians on the use of Creative Commons licenses through a series of CC Salons. This is an opportunity for many Ghanaians to get educated, network, share ideas and get enlightened about this important and useful way of licensing their work. Watch our events and training page for information about the next event.
Our OpenCon satellite event is an extension of the annual OpenCon conference, which has the sole purpose of promoting and starting discussions around Open access. We have since 2 years organized satellite events in at least 2 regions in Ghana (Ashanti and Greater Accra) and we are looking forward to many more across the country.
Open access is the future, especially for a country like Ghana where income distributions are uneven and internet is not quite affordable. Visit our events and training page for upcoming satellite events.
OFWA is particularly keen about bridging the gender gap in the Open Movement. We have worked towards this goal through campaigns such as Wiki Needs Girls, Wiki Loves Women and Arts and Feminism Campaigns. They are all focused on providing content about women and recruiting more women into the Movement.
The Women of the Wiki is a campaign that engulfs all our gender based projects, it goes a step further to acquaint young women with skill sets in ICT and encourages their contribution to the Open space. This program solves the number one problem; the ability to use technology after which additional layers of training are added to equip the young women with ways to contribute to the Open movement.
Education is at the core of all our activities, in view of this we contribute in diverse ways to realize this goal through discussion around education, policy advocacy and interventions to promote open learning and education.
Our Education Programmes focus on providing access to open resources and training students on how to contribute to these resources either by providing in-class assignments as part of a course curriculum, organising competitions or editing sessions on campus. The goal of the programme is to help generate content about marginalised knowledge/languages and underrepresented regions like Ghana and the rest of Africa (in an attempt to bridge the biases and gaps on the internet).
We achieve this through two (2) main projects (Wikipedia Education Program & Wikipedia for Schools Program) which have resulted in partnerships with but not limited to Ashesi University, Rowan University, Lancaster University Ghana, African Science Academy, etc. We deliver trainings and create access through either online or offline means (Kiwix).
OFWA is currently exploring ways to provide open textbooks to students from the Junior and Senior High School levels in Ghana through the implementation of OER’s. This is the first of its kind in Ghana and will ease the financial burden of students who cannot afford such resources.
SOS is an annual event initiated in 2017 to train participants about the open movement and to encourage the contribution of participants (students) in at least one of the projects of their choice. It was also an open door for other Open Enthusiast/Contributors to learn about other Open Projects they wish to contribute to. The event also seeks to create synergy within the open movement by promoting cross-collaborations within the Open Movements, a subject projected to be the future of the Open Movement in Africa.
GLAM & Content Creation
GLAM in the Open Source parlance is an acronym that stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. These four sectors are the building blocks for content production for most open projects. Our work therefore encompass all these sectors either one of these sectors are always the basis for any work or project we undertake.
The idea of this project was first born out of a publication by the archival institution calling for help to save the further deterioration of its holdings. On April 11, 2017, Ghana launched its first ever Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) project, dubbed GLAM Ghana. Its focus is to digitize the holdings of the Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD) and to release these contents with open licenses to allow their use on Wikipedia and other sister projects.
The QR Ghana Project is a partnership between the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to improve the state of articles about all Ghanaian national monuments on Wikipedia. These articles will be posted as QR codes on plaques at these monuments for tourists and visitors to view comprehensive data about these sites through scanning the QR codes.
This project focuses on all Wiki Loves Events, including Wiki Loves Festivals, Earth, Africa, Food & Ghana. These are photo hunt contests that are national, regional or international which document pictures, audios and videos of the themes of the respective campaigns. These allow for the preservation of culture, history and the heritage of a country for unborn generations.
Hubs, Clubs, & Communities
In pursuance of the goal of promoting open resources and technologies, OFWA has created hubs and nodes on university campuses and in communities to extend the reach of our projects. These communities cover volunteers ranging from developers to writers under the supervision of OFWA.
These are clubs registered on campus and provide support to students. They also extend our reach and activities on their various campuses. We are currently in (Ashesi University, Lancaster University & African Science Academy). Start a club on your campus.
These are community leaders who want to lead initiatives of OFWA in their regions of residence where we aren’t currently available. We are in (Accra, Ho, Kumasi & Tamale). Start a hub in your community.
A project which seeks to start a developer community on the African continent and to encourage more developers to volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation. Our mission is to create an enabling ecosystem for developers who are willing to learn and build new skills in the open space through volunteering as developers for the Wikimedia Foundation. Join our community now.