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Participating in the International Year of Indigenous Languages
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What is the problem?

The International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) is a significant opportunity to create visibility for the Wikimedia movement and its impact on fostering indigenous languages. Movement wide, at the Foundation and in the community, steps are being taken to ensure that indigenous languages are represented online. Specifically, the education team would like to highlight the work of the community on improving mother language education through the use of Wikimedia projects in the classroom. Beyond this, we can highlight stories around the use of AI to close knowledge gaps, the work of communities to incubate indigenous language wikis, working with elders of indigenous communities to write on Wikipedia, etc. We want to register as an official partner for IYIL and purposefully curate stories to share throughout the rest of 2019 to commemorate IYIL.

How can we help you?

We would like Com-Rel to shepherd the communications strategy for our participation in IYIL and work with other teams throughout the foundation to officially register as a partner (global reach has already expressed their interest in owning the partnership), and supporting the curation and dissemination of stories.

What does success look like?

We are recognized as a partner on the official website, and we have published at least 10 stories by the end of 2019 on the Wikimedia blog and social media.

What is your deadline?

To register as a partner: ASAP
To curate and publish stories: throughout 2019

Event Timeline

NSaad created this task.Mar 12 2019, 6:22 PM
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Elitre added a subscriber: Elitre.EditedMar 14 2019, 10:48 AM

It seems to me that you could start by sending a message to all staff, because this is relevant enough to so many teams. and both bring up stories that may deserve a followup. has so many links to people working in this field . is so relevant to the "provide know-how" part of the project.

If you'd like a story about content creation, then the new Events Dashboard might be able to calculate participation.

mcruzWMF changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Thu, Jul 18, 4:35 PM