WikiAfrica: sharing knowledge in Africa with Wikipedia and Orange

WikiAfrica is the name of the Wikipedia project in Africa aiming to expand the continent’s presence on Wikipedia through the development of digital content which is at least bilingual (English and French) and by promoting free access to information.

To achieve this, three independent and complementary components have been put in place:

  • commitment to sharing “encyclopedic” knowledge,
  • contributing to a global photography competition,
  • primary school education.

To enable the sharing of knowledge with the world for free, Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation (the Wikipedia Foundation) have joined forces to provide Orange customers in Africa and the Middle East with free access to Wikipedia via their mobile phones.
It’s worth remembering that more than fifty per cent of Africans currently own a mobile phone.

The Orange Foundation sponsors the WikiAfrica Cameroon pilot project as part of the 2012 Global Digital Solidarity 2012 call for projects. The foundation is providing financing to train the first groups of contributors on Wikipedia, participating in the National Photography Award (“Prix National de la Photo”) and Orange Cameroon employees will be volunteers.

This WikiAfrica project takes its rightful place among the international actions undertaken by the Orange Foundation to develop digital services and access to educational content in all of the countries in which the Group operates.

published on November 7, 2012
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