Breaking down barriers to technology is the first step to involve society's most experienced members: the elderly. And the Czech Wikimedia project Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia is trying to do just that.
The project began when Czech Wikipedia noticed a decline in active editors in recent years, and realized which contributors (and potential editors) did have enough free time to contribute: senior citizens.
Searching for new editors of Wikipedia, they say:
The goal of the project is to establish Wikipedia courses for the senior citizens of Prague, organize several independent lectures in various places and also reach out to a group we call the ‘retired professors’.
Senior citizens often go underrepresented online, with limited knowledge of access to technology. Inspired in the successful program Students Write Wikipedia [cz], the project's purpose is to go beyond this lack of access and enrich their sites with the vast knowledge available among this generation. Wikipedia can thus become a platform for the older generation to pass along their knowledge to the younger.
The project is focusing on the Czech community but sees future growth possible:
The project is specifically targeted to the Czech Wikipedia community[…] However, it will also benefit a broader Wikimedia community by hopefully providing a working example of a “senior Wikipedia Education program”.
Some sub-projects to reach out to seniors will include:
- A weekly Wikipedia workshop in the Elpida [cz] senior center in Prague-Pankrác, a club with a huge audience of several senior citizens reading their regular newsletter.
- A Wikipedia course comprised of regular seminars at the ‘Third Age University’ at the Philosophical Faculty, Charles University in Prague.
- A system to engage retired university or high school professors through a web of existing contacts.
Hopefully, the project will not only lead to a wealth of information added online, but will bring a new set of digital skills to a group with much to share.
To be part of the project, send an e-mail to email@example.com To find out more about the Wikimedia Foundation, and how to apply with your project, visit wikimedia.org
Join the conversation
Some of our Grantees
The media landscape in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be difficult to navigate especially during election season. The local organization the Post-Conflict Research Center has been...
Community radio stations in the Ecuadorian Amazonian indigenous communities Shuar and Achuar have a rich history of transmitting in their native languages about issues important...
Young artists located in the Afro-indigenous community of Cabelo Seco in Marabá, Brazil, have been producing a rich variety of creative content about the realities...
In the heart of the Southern Amazon in Ecuador, the project is teaching local residents of Sarayaku and from neighboring communities how to create participatory...