(I am Mathias Damour - Astirmays, I opened Vikidia in 2006)
There is not so much resources in English about Vikidia or the
encyclopedic wiki for children generally, yet you can read :
- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikikids and its sub-pages and other
There is several definitions and approach of education for sure.
On Vikidia, we have both goal (or maybe three or more...;-)) to build a
valuable documentary resource for children and to let them (not
exclusively) be involved in building it, be it on their own from home or
in a school project, to "train to collaborate" and for several other
If education is not only about learning, we think that such a wiki can
meet with some articles of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the
Child. Among other:
"/Article 13 - 1. The child shall have the right to freedom of
expression; this right shall include *freedom to seek, receive and
impart information* and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers,
either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or
through any other media of the child's choice./"
See: Wikikids/Relation to the Rights of the Child
I would say that to let children and teeagers be involved in such a wiki
is not only a matter of education/training, it's to fulfil their
aspiration to participate, and I dare to say it's also to be frugal on
the adult's time resource and thus make the project sustainable by their
Actually, school projects on Vikidia make a part of the content, yet
they hardly participate enough time to know the community and be
involved in it. They are still welcomed and their content, which will be
reviewed and expanded, is useful, especially because they would often
work on subject that are part of the curriculum and therefore much
needed by their fellow student the following years.
In a school project on Vikidia, the teacher can have his own goals
(skills learning, information literacy...) and view on his role in the
exercise, as long as it integrates well in the wiki.
Le 22/02/2021 à 14:02, Ilario Valdelli a écrit :
> I think that you have to consider what are your goals and what is the
> role of the teacher.
> If you are looking for a Wikipedia written by children, this is a goal
> and some projects are more adapt than others.
> If you are looking for a tool that teachers can use to train student
> to collaborate, this is another goal.
> Wikimini.org has been just now migrated in new servers to give it the
> possibility to expand but definitely Wikimini is considered a tool for
> teachers and the same concepot is followed by Klexikon, I suppose.
> But behind everything there is the most important question: what is
> education? A young contributor writing content did receive education?
> Or behind education there are the skills learning?
> If the wikimedia world does not evaluate what is education, what is
> the role of the teacher in this process, and if young students need a
> support, it would be complicated to say what is the most correct
> Kind regards
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Hello Wikimedia Education Group,
Rafaela Samagaia, from Brasil, is leading with the Federal University of
Santa Catarina (UFSC) a large project of building a children's encyclopedia
A Portuguese edition has the potential of being a big children encyclopedia
Could you help us reach all Portuguese-speaking wiki user groups interested
in starting the project with them?
We opened for testing https://pt.vikidia.org .
Thanks a lot!
Plyd, from Vikidia
I hope this email finds you well!
We write to share share the video "Education and the Wikimedia Movement in
Latin America" 
Participants include: Alejandro Reyes by Wikimedia México, Estefanny
Sandoval Galindez by Wikimedia Colombia, Rocio Aravena by Wikimedia Chile,
Oscar Costero by Wikimedia Venezuela, Erlan Vega Ríos by Wikimedistas de
Bolivia, Florencia Guastavino and Luisina Ferrante by Wikimedia Argentina.
The video is a conversation about the challenges of working in education
within the Wikimedia Movement during 2020. We talked about the challenges
presented by isolation and confinement for the proposals that were being
developed, how the education chapter or program faced those challenges,
what reflections, experiences and learnings we have after going through
this year and what do we think we can contribute as an education program in
the region by working with Wikimedia projects.
The conversation also represents the closure of the "Training Program in
Education and Human Rights in the Wikimedia movement" that we carry out
during 2020 from Wikimedia Argentina. You can learn more about the program
The video is in Spanish and has English subtitles available.
We hope you enjoy it and that it is useful to continue thinking about
education within the Wikimedia Movement.
Asistente de Proyectos de Educación