Ghanaians participate in 2019 Global Wikimedia Summit in Germany

Ghanaians participate in 2019 Global Wikimedia Summit in Germany

Three Ghanaians have taken part in the 2019 Global Wikimedia Summit (WM Summit), organized by Wikimedia Deutschland in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation in Berlin, Germany.

The Wikimedia Summit (WM Summit), organized by Wikimedia Deutschland in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation saw three Ghanaians participating in the 2019 summit, dubbed ‘Movement Strategic’.

Berlin was home to the three-day summit which started on 29 to 31 March 2019 in Germany.

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Formerly known as the Wikimedia conference, Wikimedia Summit is a yearly event which provides a platform where subsidiaries and institutions of the Wikimedia organization converge to discuss issues on governance, network, share knowledge and take strategic decisions that will direct the future of the largest online encyclopedia.

Participants

Felix Nartey, Board Member, Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA), Pamela Ofori-Boateng, Communications Officer of OFWA and Sandister Tei, Founder of Wikimedia Ghana User Group, were the three Ghanaians who participated in the summit.

They deliberated on how to contribute effectively to the future of the organisation and how their activities could benefit Ghana and Africa.

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Felix Nartey, disclosed that the summit also provided an avenue for ‘‘Wikimedians’’ in Africa to have a collective voice.

He said the annual summit affords people who lead communities to meet to realign, experience different perspectives, engage in important discussions and network to achieve results.

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For more than 18 years since Wikipedia was launched, Africans have always been on the downside until about six years ago. Even though our participation is growing, the movement has run ahead of us and there are a lot of things that need to be changed to ensure equity,” he stressed.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organisation that operates and supports Wikipedia and its related projects.

In Ghana, Open Foundation West Africa, established in 2015, and Wikimedia Ghana User Group, also set up in 2012, are the only recognised affiliates to the Wikimedia Foundation that actively run free Wikipedia training and also work at increasing information about Ghana on the largest online encyclopaedia.

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