Thank You/Peter Gallert

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Peter Gallert

In Namibia, there's a village called "Wêreld End" — edge of the world. For most, it's a bit out of the way. But even here, we can access Wikipedia: a world’s worth of knowledge.

At my university, I help teach a course on media literacy. Every year, I get to show 950 new students how they can benefit from Wikipedia — and how they can help build it.

I walk them through the process of making their first edits. When we find something that's inaccurate or awkwardly written, my students fix it. When we find something that isn’t yet in Wikipedia, my students create it.

Soon, they're writing articles about local culture and nearby landmarks. They're experts on these topics, and Wikipedia gives them a way to share what they know.

My work is both very interesting and very demanding. But the best thing about it is, I learn something new every day. For me, that's the future.

Wikipedia allows people to keep learning: every day, everywhere.

I want to keep learning. And so do my students.

If you share our passion, then please do whatever you can to help. Your support helps Wikipedia reach the edge of the world.

Thank you,

Peter Gallert

A native of Germany, Peter Gallert has lived in Windhoek, Namibia since 2000. He serves as a senior lecturer in computer networking at the largest college in Namibia. In his spare time, he edits English Wikipedia, contributing articles about Namibia's history, culture and geography.

Image Attribution: Peter Gallert by Karen Sayre, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

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