- global south
- social integration
- When and where
- Friday 20 July, 20:00 - 21:30
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- Relationship to theme
Language & literacy
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In the Wikipedia 4 Refugees project a group of asylum seekers/refugees living in Trento (northern Italy) translated Italian Wikipedia articles into their native languages.
The project involved 18 tutors (including 9 expert wikipedians) and 2 linguistic mediators. It was supported by the Wikimedia Foundation (through a rapid grant), the University of Trento and Cinformi (a local public center for immigration).
We had to tackle some problems: some destination Wikipedia lacked an active community; some languages did not have a standard orthography.
Our result was that eight refugees translated 10 articles from Italian to their native languages: Bambara, Pashto, Pular and Urdu.
The project could be further developed in many directions. We could help refugees in writing original articles in their native languages or in writing about their countries in Western languages. However, sources could be a problem.
We want to share our experience to allow others to build on it in order to develop new projects with refugees in their countries. We also want to discuss possible developments and improvements.
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