Welcome to the Wikipedia Education Update — a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation
that is distributed the first and third Tuesday of each month. Someone from our staff has
talked with you about our Wikipedia Education Program to bring Wikipedia into higher
education classrooms around the world, and we wanted to keep you in the loop on all of our
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Determine future of U.S., Canada programs
The United States and Canada Education Programs are at a turning point.
When we started the U.S. program as the Public Policy Initiative pilot in 2010, we had no
idea if it would work. But it succeeded, so much that we've had to turn away
interested professors because we didn't have enough Ambassador resources to support
the demand. Given the enormous interest in the program, we need to start thinking about
its future. While the Wikimedia Foundation is fully committed to the long-term success of
the program, we believe that the Education Program should be led by our volunteers who
have made this program successful: the Wikipedians and the academics. Learn more about and
apply to join the new Working Group to determine the future of the U.S. and Canada
Wikipedia Education Programs.
Brazil pilot kicks off at two universities
Students at two universities in Brazil are editing the Portuguese Wikipedia this term as
part of their coursework. Professors in history, sociology, physics, and public policy
will be assigning their students to improve Wikipedia's coverage of course topics in a
small pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Ambassadors are supporting the Brazilian students in class and online, with virtual
support coming from Portuguese-speaking Wikipedians worldwide. Learn more about the pilot
program by reading this blog post.
Cairo outreach event draws 200+ participants
More than 200 students and faculty members at Ain Shams University in Cairo showed up to
an in-person outreach event organized by Wikipedia Ambassadors from the Cairo Pilot and a
local student group. Attendees learned how the Arabic Wikipedia works and how they could
contribute to it. Check out the group's photo album to see photos from this successful
News media covers program in four languages
Journalists from around the world are taking note of the Wikipedia Education Program.
Articles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and Arabic have come out in April highlighting
the work being done to promote Wikipedia's use in higher education classrooms
worldwide, including a long article in tech magazine Fast Company's online site about
the international program. As always, you can read all about the Wikipedia Education
Program news coverage on and add other articles you see to this page.
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