Sadik Shahadu is an open advocate and a professional project manager with over 4 years of experience in managing community projects.
He is a certified professional at NTEN and currently volunteer in coordinating Wikipedia related projects in Ghana.
He is the co-founder and Director of Communication and partnerships for GOI Foundation.
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Co-founders of Global Open Initiative (GOI foundation), Sadik and Sadat have been selected to participate in the 2019 CivilServant research summit on August 19, 2019.
The English-language research summit, which will be held in Stockholm the day after Wikimania, will be an opportunity for them to learn about designing studies to test features and innovations in their Wikipedia projects. It will comprise a day of training and workshops with staff from CivilServant, a project of Global voices, and Wikipedians from over a dozen Wikipedia communities to discuss how Wikipedia can test their ideas tand help their communities thrive.
Global Voices is an international and multilingual community of bloggers, journalists, translators, academics, and human rights activists coming together to leverage the power of the internet to build understanding across borders.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Sadik is an inspiring, energetic leader who works to build open educational practices (OER) in Ghana. He is a co-founder and Director of Communication/Partnerships for Global Open Initiative (GOI Foundation), a young non-profit organization working internationally to promote data accessibility and open educational resources. Sadik has been involved in several projects to support education in Ghana, including:
Sadat, a recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has been a power user of Wikimedia projects for more than 8 years, with interests in supporting small language wikis and their communities. He plans to get actively involved in the Wikimania 2019 Hackathon projects on developing bots, tools and gadgets to address local use cases for small language wikis or project communities. Mohammed will also be co-presenting “State of Wikimedia Research 2018-2019” with collaborators from the monthly Wikimedia Research Newsletter.
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The Global Open Initiative Foundation hosted its monthly #Indieweb homebrew website meeting to discuss how they can extend their #Known #OER network to more students in Ghana. The Known OER network is an initiative of the Foundation with seed funding from the Southern Connecticut state university. The project helps the Accra indieweb homebrew website club to build free websites for university students.
These websites allow students to own customized websites on the goifnetwork.org. The purpose of this initiative is to help students to create their own OER by publishing their own learning materials.
Out of 15 university students, 5 students have already received their own websites!
The team also invited Greg Mcveery, a mentor and a member of the advisory board for Global Open Initiative Foundation to discuss the possibility of organising an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana.
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It’s the time of the year when advocates of free knowledge across the globe are gearing up to attend Wikimania; the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation where volunteers of Wikipedia and other sister projects gather to brainstorm ideas around the future of free knowledge. This years’ Wikimania is scheduled from August 14 - 19 at Stockholm University, and would feature “ seasoned volunteer editors, researchers and data scientists, members from the medical community, librarians and other free knowledge leaders&rdquo. Drawing from a pool of thousands of applications, Wikimedia Foundation and affiliates tend to sponsor outstanding members of the Wikimedia community to attend Wikimania on full or partial scholarships.
This year, four (4) members of the Global Open Initiative Foundation passed the rigorous selection process to receive full scholarships to attend the conference:
Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (User:Masssly)
A recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has been a power user of Wikimedia projects for more than 8 years, with interests in supporting small language wikis and their communities. He plans to get actively involved in the Wikimania 2019 Hackathon projects on developing bots, tools and gadgets to address local use cases for small language wikis or project communities. Mohammed will also be co-presenting "State of Wikimedia Research 2018-2019" with collaborators from the monthly Wikimedia Research Newsletter.
Zita Ursula Zage (User:Celestinesucess)
Another recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Zita is a co-founder and projects coordinator of Global Open Initiative. Zita has been actively involved with the Wikimedia Community for 4 years now with interest in bridging the digital gender gap and supporting small language wikis and their communities. With this conference, she plans to share and learn from others on how to grow local language wikis. She will also be co-presenting “ The difficulties of Wikipedias in languages that are not taught in school" with Gereon Khalkul.
Harriet Henry Bayel (User:Mwintirew)
The Events Manager for the Global Open Initiative also received a full scholarship for Wikimania 2019. She is a long time Wikipedian who has contributed and facilitated successful projects for the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an open advocate who is very passionate about volunteerism and bridging the digital gender gap. Open Knowledge, women and youth empowerment are matters of great concern to Harriet. With this conference, she plans on learning to establish partnership and ensure active engagement of Ghanaians, especially the youth in the Wikipedia movement.
Gereon Kalkuhl (User:Gereon K.)
A member of the advisory board for the Global Open Initiative Foundation also received a full scholarship f from Wikimedia Deutschland. Gereon is a translator and an interpreter from Ennepetal, Germany. He is also a Wikipedian since 2006, has written more than 1600 Wikipedia articles and has more than 135,000 edits on Wikimedia projects. In the Wikipedia and Wikimedia movement, he is administrator, press contact and juror and was also a Community Strategy Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. He has been schooling new Wikipedia users in Germany, South Africa and Rwanda – in libraries, on conferences, workshops and writing events. Gereon submitted two presentations for Wikimania 2019. He hopes to present "TraingsKit" with Christine Domgörgen and "The difficulties of Wikipedias in languages that are not taught in school" with Ursula zage. Global Open Initiative Foundation is a donor-funded not-for-profit established in Ghana but working globally to enhance the visibility of vital data and open access material that strengthens the basis for tackling social problems that confront marginalised communities; such as challenges in public service delivery, transparency and democratic control, and availability of educational resources. Find out more about us here.