In 2010 and 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation successfully executed an experimental pilot project (the Public Policy Initiative) to engage students in Wikipedia-editing as part of the curriculum. Professors at universities in the United States were participating in our initiative by asking their students to improve articles on the English-language Wikipedia. The Foundation is providing professors support in the form of instructional materials such as sample lesson plans, and Wikipedia Ambassadors, who are serving as mentors for the first-time Wikipedians.
Beginning in 2011, we will expand Wikipedia editing in university classrooms to institutions around the world. One of our priorities is to expand our Education Program to the Global South. Our goal is to increase the number of active Wikipedia contributors in the Global South significantly until June 2012.
We will consider the project a success if we will be able to successfully launch pilot projects in at least two countries of the Global South. Both teachers and students shall have a positive experience with using Wikipedia in the classroom. Guidelines and support documents and the creation of an effective Ambassador Program shall help the participants in contributing to Wikipedia. Our program shall be implemented in cooperation with the existing community of editors.