Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) is a soft skills tech-based non-profit organization and a network of communities, committed to digitally representing and preserving the culture of Africa, and developing skills on the continent using an open-centered approach to deliver Skills Training and Capacity building opportunities. Our priority areas of work include Advocacy & Awareness, Training and Development and Digitization and Digitalisation.
Our main objectives for the coming years is to increase the visibility and vision of our work in the West African sub-region. We are looking forward to achieving this by enhancing our strategic direction in all our operational functions and through the implementation of high quality and high impact programs that target the needs and aspirations of our community and key stakeholders. In light of this, our organization is seeking to hire an Administrative Executive (full time) to oversee this strategic direction and to help us grow the impact of our work in the sub-region. The person we are looking for must be well versed in business development, financial management and people management. We are also keen on individuals who have a deep understanding of corporate communications and community engagement, have experience in NGO operations and can oversee all the technical aspects of the organization.
On Friday 19th of August, 2022 Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) officially launched the Book Exchange Booth in partnership with the ARA Children Playground at the Achimota mall.
The idea is to encourage readers to donate old books from a stationed booth and pick up new ones in order to encourage sharing and repurposing old books among the youth while maintaining an environmentally friendly way of reuse that eradicates the burning of books.
The African WikiMedia Technical Community Hackathon is a hybrid two day event that hosted developers, translators, testers and other technical documentation writers to come together and work together on technical projects, learn from each other, and make new friends as well as find ways to solve existing problems.
The workshop was aimed at enlightening and empowering youth climate activists within the Youth Climate Council Ghana network on how they can use Wikipedia to build public awareness of climate change in Ghana.
The second edition of the Africa Wiki Challenge calls on the participation of organizers, individuals, user groups and anyone interested in the proper representation of Africa on the web. After a very successful maiden edition last year, Open Foundation West Africa once again presents you with another edition of the contest themed “Projecting African Culture.”
Angela Davis once said; “ when black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” One can easily count the number of women who are celebrated in accordance with the development of Africa. Who writes these stories of African women?? Why are they not celebrated on the web as much as men are??
The second edition of the Africa Wiki Challenge calls on the participation of organizers, individuals, user groups, and anyone interested in the proper representation of Africa on the web. After a very successful maiden edition last year, Open Foundation West Africa once again presents you with another edition of the contest-themed “Projecting African Culture.
We are excited to share the results of the maiden edition of the Africa Wiki Challenge. Africa Wiki challenge is a campaign that seeks to bridge Africa's content gaps on the web. This year we launched the maiden edition of the challenge with the theme “LandMarks in Africa” which sought to generate content about the diverse kinds of landmarks across Africa on Wikipedia and it’s sister projects. A layer of the campaign was dedicated to disturbing existing articles about landmarks, to provide more information and increase it’s visibility through images.
Call for Project Manager for the Wikidata for Education Project
Title: Project Manager, Wikidata for Education
Length of Contract: ASAP-Dec 30, 2022
Time commitment: 30 hours per week
Location: Accra, Ghana
Founders day is a day set aside to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of a society or organization. It is celebrated all over the world within various institutions and countries. Since 2019, the 4th of August was declared as Founder's Day in Ghana. Founder's Day is a day meant to commemorate the pioneers and forefathers who led the way towards the independence of Ghana.
Wikipedia mirrors the world, the biases that exist in the world also come to play in Wikipedia. In our part of the World, Wikipedia is not trusted as good educational material in our schools especially institutions of higher learning mainly because it's a Wiki.
Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA), and Asaf Bartov, Senior Programme Officer Emerging Communities, Wikimedia Foundation held fruitful discussions with the various departments at the University of Ghana on Wikipedia initiatives.
Ever seen participants bursting with so much excitement learning about the Open Movement for the first time? Ever witnessed young people so obsessed with Wikipedia after finding out they can actually contribute? Ever seen energetic participants changing the world immediately after training?
Getting new editors who would be dedicated to advancing the course of Wikipedia has never been easy, not to talk about retention of new recruits.
People show interest in editing Wikipedia but varnish after their first training and there are others who start editing, gain more interest and slip away along the way.
Wiki Club Ashesi under the umbrella of Open Foundation West Africa was founded in 2017 by Edith Violet Naisubi who, at the time was a sophomore at Ashesi University. The club which is an affiliate of Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) has since grown to become a multi-member student organization focused on enhancing student participation in open resources and open projects through education and training.
How often do you witness and capture the display of rich culture, beautiful faces, magnificent ancient traditions, and charming ornaments exhibited during festivals? Are these captivating moments you witness during festivals a true reflection of how they are represented on the web?
Wikimania 2018 was the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and diverse news about the annual event was nothing short of exciting and educational. At OFWA, the event meant a lot to us as three of our members contributed immensely in various sessions at the conference.
Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) has launched a Wikipedia for Schools Programme with the African Science Academy (ASA).The partnership was initiated by the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Victoria Coleman of the Wikimedia Foundation, who served as a mentor for the young female students of the Academy.
The Africa Wikimedia Developers Project (AWMD) organized its second workshop in Cote d’ivoire last week after the first edition was held in Ghana last year. The two-day workshop saw participants schooled on how to use phabricator to track bugs (problems on media wiki: the software responsible for all Wikimedia projects.)