Founders Day Ghana Writing Contest 2021

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.

The Founders Day Ghana Writing Contest is an initiative of Open Foundation West Africa in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the Wikimedia Foundation to commemorate the emancipation fight of the founders of this noble land earmarked for 4th August in Ghana. The theme for this year is "Decolonizing the internet through Founders Day Writing Contest."

Decolonizing The Internet

As part of improving content about Africa on the internet through the Founders Day Ghana Writing contest, this aspect of the campaign is a layer to encourage editors to create and translate articles in local languages.

This campaign focuses on bridging the unequal representation of voices from the Global South on the internet and aims at increasing Africa's content on the web through the creation and translation of articles in local languages.

To participate in the D.T.I contest, all you have to do is to either translate an existing article in English or French to a local language or create a new article by writing in your local language, ensuring that the article is a minimum of 1.5 kB (1500 characters) readable prose in total.

The Founders Day Ghana Writing Contest campaign makes a simple ask of all of us; to contribute an article about personalities and activities that led up to Ghana’s independence. It's an opportunity to share our country's rich culture and history, create visibility, and change the narrative about our history. We are dedicating the month of August to commemorate, celebrate and educate the populace about this day by encouraging the curation and creation of related content or articles on Wikipedia.

Support the Campaign
  1. Organising a local event in your country. Find all you need in our organizers guide
  2. Sharing details of the campaign with your friends, family and on social media
Join The Campaign

You can join the campaign by creating new articles, adding references, uploading images and videos or by ‘destubbing’. Check our FAQ for more information

Frequently Asked Questions
Founders Day Ghana Writing Contest is a one month outreach initiative organised to create awareness and educate the public on the significance of the day and also encourage the curation of content about Ghana’s history. We are reaching out to as many people who can join the contest by contributing relevant content on Wikipedia either by improving existing articles or creating new articles related to the History of Ghana. All participants will stand the chance of winning amazing prizes. This is an initiative by Open Foundation West Africa in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Goethe Institut
From 1st-31 Aug 2020, we encourage participants to create new articles about people and events that highlights activities that took place before and after Ghana’s Independence, creative art works (movies, music, etc) that depicted that time and topics of national interest or importance. They can also improve existing Wikipedia articles on Ghana’s history. By doing so, we can create reliable content on Ghana’s History on Wikipedia for the benefit of global readers.
Participants cut across all fields, Librarians, Researchers, Students, people from all walks of life are welcome to be part of this contest.
At the moment about 2% of the content that exists on English Wikipedia is about Africa not to talk of Ghana. Not much has been written about our history, people, culture on this great platform. The Founders Day Ghana Writing Contest will be an opportunity for us to create and curate content which projects our country and people hence making information about our history and culture easily accessible by everyone through Wikipedia and its sister projects.
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