I hear you, Olaniyan, and understand you are feeling alienated and
demotivated by not receiving a scholarship. Regarding your assertion that
the selection criteria are unfair, I think that to agree with it would
require you to present an actual argument against one or more of those
criteria, and I invite you to do so.
I also invite you to think about what else might be done to support and
promote the creation and sharing of free knowledge in Africa, beyond
awarding a few more scholarships to Africans. I remind you that the
Wikimedia Foundation is eager to support mission-aligned work, including
experimentation, through the various grants programs, and that there is
a wealth of written materials about program design and best
practices, for African volunteers motivated to do more
programmatic work in Africa.
If you would take me up on this invitation, I would love to hear your
thoughts on work in Africa, beyond Wikimania scholarships.
On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 6:32 AM, shola ishola <olaniyanshola(a)yahoo.com>
I am writing this mail in solidarity with all active Wikipedians in Africa
. I felt rather alienation and de-motivated by the announcement of the
result of Wikimania Scholarship 2016. I have reviewed the parameters for
the selection of candidacy for the above mentioned event and I came to the
conclusion that the selection is not fair to us (WUGN) and Africa in
general. Considering what we did withinn the shortest period of the
recognition of our group, we are more than qualify to be represented at the
Perhaps, we may be considered to be too young... I wish to state here...
what's the benefit of an event that won't be developmental in nature. We
are the future of the movement. Frankly speaking, Africa remains Virgin in
term of the wikimedia concepts and projects compare to other continents. In
my opinion, resources should be channel to assist the continents rather
than the already developed one.
Lastly, if indeed we are so serious about the projects and the movement.
Then, special quota and interest should be created for developing
continents rather than the developed ones.
MD, Olbims Consulting
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