Maxwell Beganim honored for his outstanding contributions to Wikipedia

Maxwell Beganim, president of the Kumasi Wiki Hub has been honored for his outstanding contributions to Wikipedia by the Open Foundation West Africa.

The team at Open Foundation West Africa (an affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation in Ghana) partnered with Ghana’s Ministry of Information to launch an initiative targeted at documenting Ghanaian History, as told by the Ghanaian people.

The maiden edition of the contest was successfully launched on the 18th July 2020 in hopes of having any Ghanaian with an interest in writing, contribute to the documentation of a part of Ghana’s history.

Maxwell Beganim was part of the few community members honored for their outstanding contributions to Wikipedia and to the growth of Open Foundation West Africa. He emerged as the overall winner of the writing contest.

His contributions were not only limited to the growth of Wikipedia but for the entire cause of Open. Onwards and forwards, his contributions during the Founders’ Day Ghana Writing Contest coupled with a few others’, have gone a long way to mitigate in part, the challenge of Ghana’s digital representation.

ABOUT HIM

Maxwell Beganim hails from Ghana and contributes to Twi Wikipedia. He is currently the president of Kumasi Wiki Hub.

Maxwell has been honored with the Star Ambassador award for his contributions to the open movement especially on Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Maxwell and his fellow colleagues at Kumasi Wiki Hub with their enthusiasm to make impacts in some secondary schools in the Ashanti region is overwhelming. They work actively on Kiwix and provide training about it in different parts of the region.

Recently, Maxwell Beganim and a community volunteer Boakye Otuo Acheampong visited Kumasi Academy and Konongo Odumasi SHS respectfully and had over 100 students trained on how to install and use the Kiwix to help their academic work.

The students were thrilled and expressed their interest and desire to know more about Wikipedia and its sister projects. At the end of the day, the Kiwix was installed on over 20 desktop computers and 2 laptops.

The student got most of their questions answered and felt furnished with the requisite skills to also train their peers on what they have learned.

This training includes the introduction of Wikimedia with a focus on Wikipedia, digital information literacy its relevance, and how they can harness opportunities in the open resource to enhance their academic work. And also with the help of Kiwix, they are achieving to advocate for Open Education in their region.

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