As of 2017, we at Open Foundation West Africa have been actively pushing the Kiwix4schools initiative in Ghana and further advanced to reach the rest of the world with the Kiwix4schools Africa Mentorship Program this year (View post here).
In the aftermath of the implementation of the initiative, 7 regions in the country, including the Eastern region, have benefitted from the project. Delving into our continued execution of the Kiwix4schools program in the country, we have extended our reach to other parts of the Eastern region of Ghana.
In a significant stride toward fostering open knowledge across the African continent, Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) has extended its reach from West to East Africa. This expansion materialized with the training, guidance, and inspiration provided to a group of enthusiastic young minds, resulting in the launch of a Wikimedian Group in Ethiopia as part of the OFWA Africa Day Campaign.
The foundation of empowerment is education and the learning process is greatly influenced by one's ability to access educational resources. With the Kiwix initiative, Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School set out on a revolutionary journey after realizing the value of easily accessible education.
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) esteemed and highly competitive World Book Capital for promotion of 'book industry, libraries, reading, literacy awareness creation, and lively book culture', was won by Ghana this year.
The capital city of Ghana, Accra, was selected by the UNESCO Advisory Council as the host city for the 2023 edition.
The African continent is embedded with rich culture, fascinating history and abundant resources. However, the online representation of these key elements of the continent is not very appealing. Africa is heavily lagging behind in terms of digital representation as compared to other continents. Most of Africa’s stories remain untold and wither away without being documented on the internet, especially Wikipedia while others are misconstrued.
The Kiwix4schools Mentorship Africa program has taken off with a bang!!! We are over the moon to reveal that our outstanding mentors are all fired up and ready to assist all the enrolled participants.
A superb team of fourteen mentors have successfully completed the Introduction to Kiwix4schools course with flying colors, equipped with a zeal to guide one hundred participants spread across the African continent.
We are fully confident that the participants will receive top-notch guidance from these mentors.
As part of our visionary mission to raise awareness about open resources, promote their widespread adoption, and share the benefits of contributing to the future of education and open learning, the Goethe-Institut Ghana collaborated with us to orchestrate a 2-day workshop for librarians and educators.
The Kiwix4Schools Africa Mentorship Program is set to launch on the 16th of March 2023, and it promises to be a game-changer in the education sector in Africa. The program aims to bring educational information to the fingertips of students in Africa who do not have access to the internet.
For many students in Africa, access to educational resources is a luxury that they cannot afford. With limited access to the internet, these students often struggle to get the educational materials they need to excel in their studies. The Kiwix4Schools Africa Mentorship Program seeks to bridge this gap by providing students with access to educational materials offline. For the past two years, this project has been implemented in Ghana where we shared our learnings and we are optimistic about impacting many more communities across Africa.
In commemoration of the Safer Internet Day 2023 , the Internet Society Ghana Chapter collaborated with us to host a workshop at the Labone Senior High School. With this year's theme being "together for a better internet" students were trained on how to use the internet in a manner that will be safer and better for them.
For us at OFWA we kickstarted the year with our first in-person program by hosting the annual Train the Trainer workshop (TOT). In our pursuit to extend our reach beyond just the capital of Ghana, we work hand in hand with community volunteers by creating wiki hubs in their respective regions and empowering them to facilitate open activities there.
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.)