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  6/10/2014, Sivan 12, 5774

Initiative: Teachers, Students to Write for Wikipedia


Education Minister Shai Piron and Chairman of the Board Jan-Bart de Vreede of Wikimedia agreed, Monday, on an initiative to train teachers in the fields of history, geography and science to guide students to make entries in Wikipedia where information is non-existent or insufficient in other ways. The Education Ministry is considering the possibility of students with knowledge of foreign languages writing about Israel in those languages.

The ministry and Wikimedia already have a number of joint experimental projects where teachers are trained in Wikipedia use and exceptional middle-school students write entries. Elementary students are being taught to use Wikipedia in a proper and critical way. Students in higher education make hundreds of entries a year in the framework of their courses, often in place of a test or other final project.