Next week, Wikimedia Community Ireland along with a troupe of Transition year students and their fearless teachers will head to Donostia / San Sebastián as part of our WikiWomen Erasmus+ Project cultural exchange and Wikithon. 

WikiWomen Erasmus+  addresses multifaceted challenges:

  • the need for digital skills and literacy,
  •  the position of Europe’s smaller and minority languages including Gaeilge
  • the need for multilingualism to be mainstreamed across school curricula,
  • the importance of gender equality, not only in society but also in the information we access.

Next week we will all meet in the Basque Country at Antigua-Luberri Secondary School to discuss the next steps, gather feedback, experience Basque culture, and take part in a Wikiathon. 

What is a Wikithon?

You might be wondering what exactly is a Wikathon? Sometimes known as an ‘editathon’ or ‘Eagaratón’ as Gaeilge, it is basically an event where a group gathers to add to, create new, or edit Wikipedia the World’s Online Encyclopedia. Usually, these events have a theme and a strategic plan to improve the World’s biggest open knowledge resource. 

What will be the Outcome of the Project?

Over the last few years, we have been creating and testing multilingual educational toolkits as part of the project to address gaps in participation and content bringing minority languages and women’s representation together in the classroom. A key outcome of the Project is that these toolkits will be made available in many languages and open to be used by schools, libraries, galleries and museums in their own educational work. 

Who is involved with WikiWomen Erasmus+ ?

This project is a collaboration with Coláiste Oiriall in Monaghan, Learning Hub Friesland, Afûk (Who promote the Frisian language and culture), Mercator-Fryske Akademy (who facilitate interdisciplinary research on the Frisian language and Culture and minority languages), Euskal Wikilarien Kultura Elkartea (the Basque Wikimedia Group) and Antigua-Luberri BHI (a Basque Secondary School). 

For International Women’s Day we recorded a podcast where we discussed the WikiWomen Erasmus+ Project. You can stream it for free here to learn more about the project. 

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