International Open Access Week 2020 (OA Week 2020) takes place from *19 -
25 October, 2020*. AfLIA will be leading African Librarians to translate
articles about film/cinema on Wikipedia into local African languages with
the sole objective of increasing access to such articles by making them
available in mother tongues using the translation software on the platform.
A webinar will be held on *Monday, 19th October, 2020 @ 11am GMT*. Among
others, the webinar will teach participants how to use the translation
software on Wikipedia and also show how to participate in the *Open Access
Week Translation Contest* (organized by AfLIA) starting 19 - 25 October,
*Here is what is required of you: *
1. Register for the webinar here:
2. Enroll on Open Access Week Translation Contest Dashboard here:
1. Certificates will be awarded to ALL active participants in the Open
Access Week Translation contest.
2. Top 3 editors with the highest number of translations will be given
Wikipedia and AfLIA branded souvenirs at the 2021 AfLIA conference in
We'd like to know which African language(s) you will be translating into
during the Open Access Week Translation contest, so that we can track and
score your contributions.
1. Simply send us a message on WhatsApp to *+233 54 425 2212*
2. For any other enquiries, reach us at afliacomm(a)aflia.net
Remember to add the official campaign hashtags *#WikiAfLibs *in the
Wikipedia Edit Summary.
*Spread the word and stay safe.*
Follow AfLIA to keep updated.
*Official Website*: *http://web.aflia.net/ <http://web.aflia.net/>*
*Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aflianetwork/
*Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/AfLIACon <https://twitter.com/AfLIACon>*
*Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPaQeggWf7gVPSkLhYl9_8g
To join AfLIA: Send an email to
*membership(a)aflia.net <membership(a)aflia.net> *
(Apologies for cross-posting.)
Last month, we shared a survey to inform the planning and funding processes
of Wikipedia 20 anniversary celebrations. The survey results have
demonstrated interest in hosting virtual and in-person events around the
world to celebrate Wikipedia’s 20th birthday.
We are excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation will be supporting
individuals and groups planning to hold Wikipedia 20 celebration events
through the Rapid Grants program.
The Rapid Grants program can support event plans with a budget ranging from
500 USD, up to 2,000 USD. All the details, the eligibility criteria, and
the application form are available on the Wikipedia 20 grants meta page. 
Applications for Rapid Grants are accepted between the 1st and 15th of each
month, and a decision on the application is, typically, ready by the end of
that month. For applicants who would like to host Wikipedia celebration
events during the month of January 2021, we highly recommend applying as
soon as possible (i.e. during the November 2020 cycle). For later events
through the end of 2021, applications will continue to be open later in the
*Other funding opportunities*
If your plans for the Wikipedia 20 celebration event don’t meet some of the
eligibility criteria for a Rapid Grant (e.g. your budget is expected to
exceed $2000), you may want to consider reducing the scale of your
activities, or to explore other grant opportunities that may better support
Additional funding for Conference & Event grantees (e.g. for a regional
or thematic conference) who wish to incorporate a celebration event to an
existing conference. 
Conference & Event Grants to support celebration events for more than
2000 USD. 
*Round one applications for Conference & Event grants is now closed.
Details for round two (for events that will be held between July and
December 2021) will be announced on the conference and event grants page.
For more information on Wikipedia 20, please visit the Wikipedia 20 grants
meta page. 
Thank you and please share the message with your communities!
On behalf of the Wikipedia 20 team, Samir Elsharbaty
Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>