WikiAfrica Primary School Feasibility Study

Pensa, Iolanda and Haddow-Flood, Isla and Martinelli, Luca and Coletta, Claudio and Wiens, Kelsey (2012) WikiAfrica Primary School Feasibility Study. Documentation. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

WikiAfrica Primary School Feasibility Study is the first step of the WikiAfrica Primary School, a project aiming at giving students, teachers and families access on Wikipedia to all the documentation needed to obtain the primary school degree of their country, in the language of instruction. The feasibility study looks at Wikipedia and primary education. Its purpose is to establish a baseline report of the state of Wikipedia languages and of primary school education in three counties to date. The reports are meant to define ways in which Wikipedia could contribute to the issues currently at play in the primary education landscape and to design the WikiAfrica Primary School project accordingly. The study is divided into: 1. Introduction specifically related to the WikiAfrica Primary School project. 2. Wikipedia. A presentation of the overall situation of the Wikipedia projects in all the languages used in the African countries’ school systems, by taking into consideration the number of articles produced as of October 8, 2012 (beginning of the assessment process) and as of November 8, 2012 (end of the assessment process). Then, a more accurate quality assessment has been conducted on three projects: English, French, and Italian Wikipedia. 3. Primary school. A presentation of the primary school systems in Italy, South Africa and Cameroon. Those three countries have been chosen for the diversity of their school systems and because they will be a focus of the WikiAfrica Primary School project in 2013. In particular the case study about Italy analyses the relevance of digital content for primary education, interculture and lifelong learning; the case study about South Africa observes the peculiarity of the South African system (the post-apartheid emphases on education, 11 languages, the situation of schoolbooks and infrastructures and the challenges in evaluating and improving the system). 4. Italian primary school curricula. This session presents content and skills related to primary school in Italy and their potential links to Wikipedia articles. This session is specifically important to define the articles and topics the Primary School project will focus on. 5. Best practices and reports from interviews. The feasibility study is already designed as a contribution to Wikipedia; its sessions are structured as Wikipedia articles and they are under Creative Commons attribution-share alike. This feasibility study was developed in three months with the involvement of four researchers and a group of advisers interviewed within the study.

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