On behalf of Code Week EU, a group from Open Labs visited some of the schools of the city of Burrel, to introduce the students with the importance of the platforms such as Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap. During 18, 19, 20 December 2017 several presentations were held from Open Labs community members, where students learned more about these projects, and also several workshops to train them to create accounts and do their first contributions in these platforms.
During the first day, the training was held with students of the school “31 Korriku” in Burrel. Around 25 students participated in the training that lasted four hours ( 8.30 – 12.30). During the second day in the training more than 20 students of “Mustafa Gjestila” school participated in the 4 hour long workshops ( from 8.30 to 12.30 ). During the third day more than 25 students of “Ilia Qiqi” school joined the activities for the 4 hour long session. The agenda included 2 fully hours dedicated to Wikipedia and 1.5 hours dedicated to OSM.
Everyday started with short presentations with information about Wikimedia (incuding different wiki related projects), and the ways everyone can contribute, and later on, the participants focused on creating personal accounts. After creating their personal accounts on Wikipedia the students started to add informations, improve or create new articles in Albanian Wikipedia (wikipedia.sq) with a main focus on articles about the city of Burrel.
During the second part of the days the students attended presentations about OpenStreeMap project, where they had the opportunity to learn what it is, some of the main sub projects, the importance of OpenStreetMap and how to contribute. Right after creating their personal accounts, they started to edit and contribute in the map of their city adding buildings, streets, information or improving the map based on their local ground knowledge.