Submissions/Grass-root distribution of Kiwix in West African schools

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 1008 - FO
Title of the submission
Grass-root distribution of Kiwix in West African schools
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
lecture
Author of the submission
Gabriel Thullen
Language of presentation
French and English
E-mail address
gabriel@thullen.com
Username
GastelEtzwane
Country of origin
Switzerland
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia CH
Personal homepage or blog
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/September_2016/West_African_schools_will_test_Kiwix,_the_offline_Wikipedia_reader
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

English
The Kiwix offline Wikipedia is a game changer in the field of education. Everybody wants it! Large stretches in Africa have little or no electricity, and very poor network access. Many teachers working in these bush schools and high schools use laptops at home to prepare their courses, and bring them with them to teach. An access to Wikipedia's content will throw open the doors to the entire world's knowledge... The question is : how best to get Kiwix to them?

This talk will cover different methods which were tried out on a grass-root level in Senegal and Benin over the past 3 years, and will present what seems to work best to empower the teachers in that part of West Africa. We cannot and should not do it all...

Français
Kiwix, le Wikipédia hors ligne, est en train de bousculer le monde de l'éducation. Tout le monde le veut ! De larges étendues en Afrique ont peu ou pas d'électricité, et une très mauvaise connexion aux réseaux. Beaucoup de professeur-es qui travaillent dans ces écoles et lycées de brousse utilisent un ordinateur portable à la maison pour préparer leurs cours, et l'amènent avec eux pour enseigner. L'accès au contenu de Wikipédia leur ouvre la porte à toute la connaissance du monde ! La question est : comment leur apporter Kiwix ?

Cette présentation parlera de différentes méthodes qui ont été essayées à un niveau local au Sénégal et au Bénin depuis 3 ans, et proposera ce qui semble fonctionner le mieux pour rendre autonome le personnel enseignant dans cette partie de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Nous ne pouvons pas et ne devons pas tout faire...

What will attendees take away from this session?

English
The discussion following the presentation will allow attendees to determine how to implement a similar low-profile distribution of Kiwix among teachers and educators in their own communities and countries. The attendees will develop the skills that they already have in order to demonstrate Kiwix to teachers even if they lack the proper credentials to talk to government level education departments!

Français
La discussion qui suivra la presentation va permettre aux participant-e-s de déterminer la manière d'implémenter un procédé similaire de distribution de Kiwix parmi le personnel enseignant de leur communauté et de leur pays. Les participant-e-s développeront leurs propres compétences afin de pouvoir faire une démonstration de Kiwix au personnel enseignant même si les personnes n'ont pas les qualifications nécessaires pour pouvoir discuter avec les département d'éducation de leur gouvernement.

Theme of presentation

Education

For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
All audiences
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
yes
Slides or further information (optional)
slides, photos of workshops held in Africa
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?
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  1. Masssly (talk) 23:06, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
  2. Jamie Tubers (talk) 03:12, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
  3. LaMèreVeille (talk) 14:54, 12 April 2017 (UTC) Strongly supported this feedback.
  4. VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 19:47, 2 May 2017 (UTC)