Regional department of education (elementary & secondary education) & Kazan
Federal University today received instructions signed by the President of Tatarstan on
integrating Wikimedia Education Program opportunities into the curricula of educational
establishments of the Republic. I was asked for some guidance on the topic before tonight,
so prepared what I could in Russian
We are in the country with a centralized education system culture, so project owner will
be the ministry, with Wikimedians serving as stakeholders, consultants & guides.
On March 1st we fielded 2 speakers for EDU RUSSIA 2019 conference
On April 11-12 our Bashkir colleagues (WUG BAK) were invited to speak @ their regional
teachers' conference (photoes & report in Russian -
) & their regional deputy minister recalled
our speakers in Kazan
Right now our judges are checking some 200 pre-qualified ttWP articles created by 67
previously untrained school teams in the framework of Tatar 4.0 contest. Prizes provided
by local partner, introduction to the contest video, Messenger support, participant &
article tagging, prequalification & assessing on volunteering time. 10 best teams to
be publicly awarded at Ğabdulla Tuqay memorial event downtown Kazan on April 26.
Contest in Tatar -
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08.02.2019, 22:23, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin"
I managed to get vocal approval of the proposal to transfer Wiki-competencies to
Tatarstan public by Federal Deputy Prime-Minister Maxim Akimov and had Regional President
Rustam Minnikhanov express his invitation to the subject-minister (Vice Prime-Minister of
Tatarstan - InfoComm minister Roman Shaykhutdinov) to prepare necessary proposals for
organizing the process in a successful scalable way. I will have to do more thinking and
writing now so as to try have this implemented first in my Republic, then across Russia.
I was given less than a minute during pre-Conference tour of the project stands prepared
by corporations and state enterprises (without slides or any visual support), so I had to
skim to the very facts and the value proposition that would get their attention.
On a more tangible side, https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Selet_WikiSchool
that I started
back in 2016, will get support from the regional budget & thus expand. Currently this
is on the shoulders of a team consisting of high-school senior, a University freshman and
a sophomore/junior from one rural school.
Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
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17.01.2019, 18:35, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin"
> Dear colleagues,
> You can track my preparation in English @
(date move to accommodate VIP
> I had to skim my original 18 minute text to under 7.
> I intend to touch on most of what had to go via the Slides which will accompany my
> Tatar components will be prepared last, as Russian and English are best tools for
getting feedback from across the Wiki-world.
> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
> 14.01.2019, 19:10, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin"
>> Dear colleagues,
>> This is a heads-up on the fact that on Jan.29 I will be speaking in Tatar (with
simultaneous interpretation of my words into Russian) at the Republic of Tatarstan
Ministry for ICT closing conference for 2018 in front of the President of the Republic,
Russia's Federal minister for ICT, members of Tatarstan government, industry & the
press, possibly some participants from nearby regional ministries.
>> I will have some 7-10 min to present on
, rough English translation for the base page
>> It will be a basic intro level talk accompanied by slides about some things
that can be appropriately mentioned without overburdening the public hearing about
Wiki-community activities for the first time in their lives. I will email you draft text
around the end of the week (once I am comfortable with it), with some ideas on the slides
I will play along my speech and a list of recommended follow-on measures.
>> Expected outcome: Presidential instruction to the Tatarstan government to for a
cross-departmental working group to study what ICT ministry led Wikimedia working group
(since August 2018) has came up with & look into possible way of integrating this into
Tatarstan social life (I was offered to formulate it myself today).
>> Other related Wikimedia Russia news:
>> * On or around Feb.8, we are to have first follow-on introduction of Wikipedia
Education Program to wider professors & students' body of Kazan Federal University
Institute for International Relations, with director of which we had a productive meeting
on Dec.21, following the events described in
>> * On Feb.28-March 1 we are invited to field speakers for
(attended by Russia's Federal Minister for Education and her
>> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
>> 05.11.2018, 17:22, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin"
>>> Dear colleagues,
>>> Below is my October activities report & description of upcoming
>>> 1) On Oct.13-14 at
we presented some of the things
we are doing in Russia (FYI: without any WMF grants). See details at
>>> 2) On Oct.20 I had a two hour long meeting with the Deputy head of
Tatarstan Presidential Adiministration responsible for internal policy
who officially invited me to engage Wikimedia Russia and other Wikimedia movement
volunteers to develop "Smart wiki-region" roadmap for regional authorities
throughout the Russian Federation to start learning about the Wikimedia movement and
understanding how partnering therewith could be of mutual interests. This was a follow up
of the Oct.1 meeting with Mintimer Shaimiev
, but mainly
around my last year's musings I finally finished translating into English today @
>>> 3) On Oct.23 We have started growing the project on WMRU-wiki at
(currently in Russian only), using also
eponymous thread at [wikimedia-ru] mailing list (last message
>>> 4) In mid-November we are expecting to have a presentation of the project
and our domestic experience https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Selet_WikiSchool
at the large
meeting called on by the ex-President of Tatarstan, State Councillor to the Republic,
UNESCO Special envoy for Intercultural Dialogue Mintimer Shaimiev
- with invitation of
>>> * First Deputy Head of the Tatarstan Presidential Administration
>>> * a large body of regional ministers
>>> ** Tatar community affairs http://prav.tatarstan.ru/eng/pravit/3.htm
>>> ** Education and science http://mon.tatarstan.ru/eng/rukov/minister.htm
>>> ** ICT http://mic.tatarstan.ru/eng/minister.htm
>>> ** Culture http://mincult.tatarstan.ru/eng/rukov/minister.htm
>>> ** Youth affairs
>>> * head of regional media holding
>>> * head of the Institute of Tatar encyclopedia
>>> * head of the House of Friendship of Nations of Tatarstan
>>> 5) Tomorrow morning I will be meeting with the Vice-Primier - Minister for
the ICT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Shaykhutdinov
for preliminary discussions,
then my high-school senior Timerkhan https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кулланучы:Тимерхан
assist him the next day at the preparatory meeting with
>>> 6) I didn't yet have time to think in detail about the potential
schedule or invited participants of the first public Wiki-seminar in Tatarstan, meant to
expose locals to the Wikimedia movement and its best practices even if only via the
video-conference (which I mentioned in the previous update), because I am doing this in
between of my rather demanding work and some limited family life. The topic will most
likely surface among other things tomorrow.
>>> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
>>> 04.10.2018, 08:32, "Pine W" <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>om>:
>>>> Hi Farhad,
>>>> I'm very impressed with your successes so far.
>>>> My main concern is how much of this you seem to be doing by yourself.
>>>> hope that you have a group of people who are collaborating with you
>>>> you don't feel responsible for doing everything personally, and
>>>> aren't putting yourself into personal financial difficulty due to
>>>> amount of time that you're spending on Wikimedia activities.
>>>> Regarding which people would be good to invite to a conference, I
>>>> that GLAM and educational organizations would be natural partners so
>>>> suggest starting with them.
>>>> WMF might be willing to provide you with some advice and/or funding
>>>> GLAM or education related work if you request it, although the wait
>>>> for WMF "Rapid Grants" funding seem to have become lengthy,
so I suggest
>>>> that if you want funding from that program that you should request it
>>>> least two full months in advance and not rely on receiving it in time
>>>> any particular deadline.
>>>> I'm glad to hear that you're participating in Wikimedia CEE
and I hope that
>>>> the affiliates in that group can provide you with good advice.
>>>> Best wishes,
>>>> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine
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