Join the movement today and help translate Covid-19 information on Wikipedia in African languages. Facilitate people understanding and creating new solutions.
To join the movement, follow these steps:
1 Fill the form on this page by entering your data and selecting what African languages are you able to translate in starting from a text in English or French.
2 You’ll receive a confirmation email right after submitting the form– congratulation, you’re part of the movement!!
3 In the next 48h (bear with us!) a second email including a link to the article assigned to you according to your language preferences, will reach your mailbox. It’s time to share your knowledge!
4 You will have 4 days to complete your task. We want you to take some time to make sure you are off to the best translation possible.
Any Questions? Check the FAQ section here below.
Code of conduct
We take this activity very seriously and we’re sure you’ll do the same. Knowledge can spark creativity and help finding solutions to fight the pandemic.
Here is our code of conduct. We ask you to carefully read and accept it in the form.
Integrity: commitment to truth and fairness
Quality: commitment to producing excellent work, as good as your abilities allow.
Acceleration: ensuring your support speeds up and helps the emergency response/ avoiding being an unnecessary obstacle to the team’s workflow.
Unity: commitment to the humanitarian goal without division, discrimination or prejudice of any kind
Collaboration: working together to improve our overall impact
What is this campaign about?
Whilst most of the world discusses Coronavirus, millions cannot join the conversation on the virus because this information is not available in their language. To spark creativity in solutions to the problems we are facing, we need knowledge on what the situation is. Translating knowledge about Covid-19 can help people locally understand and create new and useful solutions as a response, which in some cases can be life-saving.
What Wikipedia articles are you asking to be translated?
To respond to the pandemic, we are encouraging writers of African languages to translate information into their languages. We have adapted and simplified the 10 most important entries needed to spark solutions about Coronavirus and related health concepts not yet available on Wikipedia in African languages. Our focus is ‘stationary facts’. We’re not competing with TV and radio for latest updates, but people need to know (for example) what social distancing is, and why it’s important.The 10 articles are:
- Covid-19 Simplified Base Document
- Social Distancing/ Physical Distancing
- Hand Washing
- Infectious diseases
- Airborne disease
- Face masks
Why do you use Wikipedia and not a different platform?
Wikipedia is one of the 10 most used website in the world, with 18 billion user every month. It’s free and accessible almost anywhere. All information are user-generated and can be modified and improved by anyone, anytime. If you think you might have a better solution to spread information in indigenous African languages about Covid-19, reach out and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why don’t you encourage people to write an article about Covid-19 in African languages directly on Wikipedia?
We love Wikipedia, but the process of adding an article directly on the website can take quite some time for people who don’t know how to use the platform correctly. So, we teamed up with local Wikimedia Chapters to seek their support in uploading the article you will be creating. This way contents will be generated faster and you can focus on translating without worrying about technical staff.
Can I write an article directly on Wikipedia?
Sure! Just make sure you’re logged into your Wikipedia account, and that you send us your username so we can add your effort to the movement for reporting.
Who will check if my translation is well made?
In the first place, you. It is your responsibility to make the first draft as good as possible. As we said, seek for family and friends help if you are not sure about your translation. The article will be than checked and uploaded on Wikipedia. And one of the great things of adding a content on Wikipedia is having a community ready to improve and edit any article, if needed.
I have submitted my application more than 48h ago and I’m still waiting for the article to be translated. What else can I do?
Sorry about that. There might be 2 main reasons:
- We have received tons of application and we’re doing our best to fulfil every request on time. Bear with us!
- The articles in the languages you can translate in have been already translated. Check on Wikipedia and see if you can improve any of them. In the meantime, we might increase the list of articles to be translated. So stay tuned and check your inbox regularly.
I’m close to the end of the 4 days deadline and I’m still not finished. What can I do?
No worries. We love that you’re taking some time to run the best translation ever (?). Just write in red at the top of the article or add a comment that you need an extra 24h to complete your task, so we don’t assign the article to someone else.
I’ve changed my mind and I don’t feel like translating anymore. What happen?
While we are sorry to hear that, no worries. Please write in red at the top of the article that you are not going to complete the task or add a comment. Someone else will pick from where you left. If you change your mind, sign up again and start fresh.
Can I go outside?
Not really, sorry about that! Follow the safety instructions shared in your country and stay safe! Studies have proved that translating online in African indigenous languages is one of the best ways to spend your time while you’re forced home (prove we’re wrong if you can 😊)