Current and future education program leaders,
One of the key aims we had when founding the Wikipedia & Education User
Group was to create a more formal mentorship structure between established
and emerging program leaders. As education programs start, scale, and
adapt, there are always new things to learn about running programs. And the
best people to learn from are peers in our movement.
We had been planning to launch a mentorship program more formally at the
EduWiki Conference in 2020; the pandemic has delayed the conference, but
we're launching a smaller pilot of the mentorship program today.
Here's how it works:
* You can volunteer to be a mentor for someone, or ask to be mentored by
someone, or both! There may be things you know well that you can help
someone else learn, while also wanting to learn new things yourself.
* Fill out the form below. Note we are collecting personal information to
match you with a mentor or mentee; please don't put any information on the
form you're not comfortable with us sharing with the person we pair you
* For this pilot, we're looking to pair people by June 30, and have the
mentorship happen between July and December 2021 to see how it works. So
please fill the form out by the end of June.
* The more people we have who sign up, the greater likelihood we have
someone we can match!
* We will evaluate the pilot in early 2022 and decide how to adapt it in
Fill out the form by June 30:
Leave any questions on the talk page of our Mentorship page:
Chair, Wikipedia & Education User Group
The Wikipedia & Education User Group invites you to attend our next Open
Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, June 24, from 4 pm UTC to 5:30 pm UTC (see
your time zone here: https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624550450).
As usual for our Open Meetings, we will provide updates from the Wikipedia
& Education board, then leave most of the time for our guest speakers.
Our guest speakers this month will be Maxwell Beganim from Ghana, who will
talk about Kiwix in local secondary schools, and Rocío Aravena, from Chile,
who will talk about a course for school teachers she ran.
Our speakers' biographies:
* Maxwell Beganim is an Educator, Tech enthusiast, and Open Advocate. He
studied Biological Science and Masters in Education with focus on
Educational Technology and Higher Education. He is a Training Associate at
Open Foundation West Africa, Lead Trainer for SNV GrEEn Project in Ghana,
Virtual Tutor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He
is also the Partnership Director for Green Stewardship International.
Maxwell also with passion in the Open Movement was crowned the ultimate
Winner of Founders Day Writing Contest as the most diverse writer and
contributor to the Open Movement.
* Rocío Aravena, in charge of Education and Digital Literacy of Wikimedia
Chile, History teacher (University of Chile) and Master in Research in
Education and Educational Change from the University of Barcelona, will
speak about the virtual course for school teachers “Wikipedia in the
classroom: tools for critical citizenship” that had place on April 2021.
We hope you can join us!
The meeting will be hosted via this link:
Meeting ID: 891 7495 9828
If you would like to be added to the Google Calendar invite, please send me
an email offlist.