Quite an Interesting Topic indeed! Well, I tend to like how Abbas closes it all down! There's no point repeating our mistake hoping to get a positive response from the schools. We just have no any other options but to localize the content of the offline syllabus, lest the whole syllabus will be rendered futile.
Warmly, //Cliff On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM, Abbas Mahmood <abbas...@hotmail.com>wrote: > Gerrard, > > I agree with you whole-heartedly that it can be used to broaden students' > minds. But you are missing one very important aspect: that History student > in Kamukunji is more interested cramming in Colonization in Kenya (which is > not found in offline Wikipedia) than reading (for leisure) a history topic > such as The British Empire (which is found in the version we installed). > IMO, high school students want to read content for the sake of passing > exams. Period. And the SOS version fails at delivering such goals. > > Now we have to choices: either to use the current version of Wikipedia and > distribute it (hoping against hope that we'll receive positive results > contrary to the feedback we got at the pilot), or incorporate the feedback, > create a custom-made version for Kenyan students and hope that this time > round, we'll be able to increase Wikipedia readership in Kenya. I'd > personally vouch for the latter, since I think that it's morally wrong for > us to _not_ use the learnings from the past in our future projects, > especially when it involves donor funds. > > Abbas. > > > ------------------------------ > Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:48:45 +0300 > > From: gerrardkos...@gmail.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] Wikipedia for Kamukunji Schools > > David, > Just a quick question.What was the discussion? I thought it was about > assisting students in Kamukunji. Sorry if i deviated from that. I do hope > you have a good party though. > > Abbas > I know it is under development but considering the non-digital > encyclopedias i had in my former school, the offline wikipedia is far more > useful than you would know. It may be irrelevant to curricula but usefull > to broaden the students minds. > > On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM, David Mugo <raidar...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Abbas, > > Thanks for pointing out that Gerrald's view was not relative to the > discussion. I would like to suggest something for all new members, please > take time to study the activities we have undertaken before making > contributions. > > I will only be able to host a maximum of 12 people at my place so again I > will chose to go for old members due to oblivious reasons. The weekend > after Easter on Saturday I have a high school get together so I will not be > available. > > Maybe we can take a quick survey to see who would be available on the > Easter Sunday evening... Monday is is holiday. If we make 10 people +, we > are good to go. People who have not at all been involved with the Wikipedia > for Schools project will get the least consideration for this one. > > David. > > On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM, Abbas Mahmood <abbas...@hotmail.com>wrote: > > > Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:34:37 +0300 > > From: gerrardkos...@gmail.com > > > To: email@example.com > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] Wikipedia for Kamukunji Schools > > > > Hi guys > > > > The nairobi skuls idea is great. Lets just give them what is available > > now, we can always upgrade it when the kenyan version is out. I am > > sure it will help them lotz. > > > > Gerrard > > Hi Gerrard, > > Your assumption is flawed: we've called a number of schools that we had > installed the offline Wikipedia and the feedback that we got was that the > content wasn't relevant. This is why we are working on a Kenyan version, > because we don't want to repeat past mistakes. > > David, > > I agree with Stephen and think that you should consider hosting us after > the Berlin meeting (probably on the weekend after Easter?). It could also > act as a get-together for us to hear Stephen's and Alex's experience at the > Chapters Meeting. Thanks for the offer :-) > > --Abbas. > > _______________________________________________ > WikimediaKE mailing list > WikimediaKE@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediake > > > > > -- > ------------- > David Mugo, > ICT & E-Commerce Consultant, > http://majibu.com > Twitter: @raidarmax > > > _______________________________________________ > WikimediaKE mailing list > WikimediaKE@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediake > > > > _______________________________________________ WikimediaKE mailing list > WikimediaKE@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediake > > _______________________________________________ > WikimediaKE mailing list > WikimediaKE@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediake > >
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