Putting Namibia on Wikipedia through ‘Edit-A-Thon’
Goethe-Institut Namibia recently opened up the world of Wikipedia to Womxn from Namibia through a project called ‘Edit-A-Thon’.
The project, which falls under Goethe-Institut’s new programme ‘Decolonise the Internet’ aims to encourage African Womxn to learn about Wikipedia and to take up the important task of adding knowledge to the world’s largest online reference.
The project afforded participants to learn how to write, edit and publish articles on Wikipedia and increase Namibia’s digital footprint on the free online encyclopedia. Through support of the Goethe-Institut, Peter Gallert, Wikipedia Ambassador to Namibia facilitated a workshop on writing for Wikipedia.
According to Gallert, there are currently only 3 white male writers who write, edit and publish articles about Namibia on Wikipedia and most of the articles are mainly in English, Afrikaans, Chinese, Portuguese and German.
Programmes such ‘Decolonise the Internet’ focuses on bridging the unequal representation of voices from the Global South on the Internet and aims to increase awareness on how AI and algorithms might perpetuate racisms.
Participants of the Wikipedia workshop, Aurelia Maghambayi, Elizabeth Djuulume, Hannah Tarindwa and Rossow van Rooyen were this week awarded brand-new laptops, tablets and phones for the articles about Namibia that were published on Wikipedia.
f.l.t.r: Peter Gallert (Wikipedia Ambassador Namibia), Aurelia Maghambayi, Elizabeth Djuulume, Hannah Tarindwa and Rossow van Rooyen aunt representing him.