recently Wikimedia Czech Republic was involved into the creation of the
Czech Republic digital education strategy for 2020. This strategy is being
created from comments of different involved parties (NGOs, corporate and
public). It is a basis for a creation of laws and other documents by Czech
Ministry of Education and other related organisations. Czech education is
basically public, while some private schools (on all levels), should repect
some basic education corpus set by the Ministry.
Unfortunately for Wikipedia, this strategy and the previous ones are based
on decentralization of digital education resources. So WMF projects, could
not be the only one digital resources for Czech students. This push as to
the open market, where we are disadvantaged, because corporate and maybe
some other entities could get the best marketers/sellers of their products
and be more succesfull in getting more students for their digital products.
Responsable people understand that NGOes might be handicapped in such
markets as they are usually good in what they do, but they are not good in
marketing. Here we are looking for a functional system, which would place
equality between corporate and NNO sector. And thats why, I am writing to
you. Any idea, how the "offical recommendation" could support NNO projects
such as Wikipedia?
Preparations for Wikimedia UK's EduWiki Conference 2014
<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/EduWiki_Conference_2014> are now in full
swing. The event will take place on Friday 31 October 2014 in Edinburgh,
Registration is open until Monday 6 October
reduced rate for Wikimedians is £25. Details about accommodation options at
and around the conference venue
also been released.
A limited budget to support scholarships for the conference has been
allocated and applications; please contact me by Monday 29 September if you
wish to apply for a scholarship.
Kindly direct any other personal questions or concerns about EduWiki to me
either via email or the appropriate wiki talk page.
We hope to see many members of the Wikimedia global movement and open
knowledge community at the conference, especially because representatives
from the newly founded Wikipedia Education Collaborative
will also be in Edinburgh at this time.
Spread the word, please! :-)
Thanks and best regards,
Dr Toni Sant - Education Organiser, Wikimedia UK
toni.sant(a)wikimedia.org.uk +44 (0)7885 980 536
Wikimedia UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and
Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered
Office 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT.
United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia
movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who
operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
*Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control
over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.*
Just your monthly friendly reminder that we need stories for the education newsletter!
Remember, it does not have to be a formal report (though that is OK too). We welcome profiles of projects and people who are doing good work with Wikipedia in education.
Who do you know who deserves a little special attention? :D
Also if you see stories of Wikipedia in education in other publicatios, please feel free to add that too!
You can add text, photos etc to http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/Newsroom
Forwarding from Siko Bouterse:
Greetings! The Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grants program is
accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to 30th.
Your idea can improve Wikimedia projects by building a new tool or gadget,
organizing a better process on your wiki, conducting research on an
important issue, or providing other support for community-building. Whether
you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your
own project development time in addition to funding for a team to help you.
The program has a flexible schedule and reporting structure, and
Grantmaking staff are there to support you through all stages of the
Do you have have a good idea, but you are worried that it isn’t developed
enough for a grant? Put it into the IdeaLab, where volunteers and staff
can give you advice and guidance on how to bring it to life. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab> Also, IEG will be hosting
three Hangout Sessions for real-time discussions to help you make your
proposal better - the first will happen on September 16th. <
For inspiration, you can read more about past projects <
https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/> that received
funding or review open proposals <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-reviewing>. We are excited
to see some of the new ways your grant ideas can support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects.
Submit your proposal in September! <