This is a proposal submitted by Rob Kam at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/Possible_projects#Templates_for_new_MediaWiki_installs
Anyone setting up a MediaWiki wiki, wanting to use templates, has to export/import them from another wiki (e.g. Wikipedia) or re-write and maintain some similar ones. This can create a confusing mess. It would be very useful to have a simpler way to install an up-to-date package of standard templates.
Some of the problems encountered with setting up templates are discussed at [[mw:Help talk:Templates]]
Posting it here for community review. We are looking right now for project ideas for Outreach Program for Women.