The CLEMI - Canopé Network Service - and the association Wikimedia France present the 5th edition of the Wikiconcours lycéen. From November 2017 to May 2018, the national competition for the creation and improvement of Wikipedia articles in the school context, will allow high school students in France and abroad to learn how to contribute to the online encyclopedia. The best works will be rewarded by a professional jury at the end of the year.
Teaching Students to Publish and Collaborate Online
The goal of the contest is to offer high school students the opportunity to contribute to Wikipedia by creating articles or enriching existing content. The project is thus part of a media and information education approach. The framework of the project provides for assistance to teachers wishing to involve their classes, as well as training for CLEMI coordinators in academies who are then responsible for accompanying the participating classes.
Contributing to Wikipedia: an act of citizenship
Through the operation, the challenge is also to forge students' critical thinking skills by addressing concepts such as the source and evaluation of information and free access to knowledge. Collaborative writing is at the centre of the work and mobilises essential skills such as knowing how to search, how to organise, how to check, how to publish.
A competition prized by teachers
The 5th edition of this competition is accompanied by training sessions on Wikimedia project contributions. These are now part of the Academic Training Plans (ATP). For the 2016-2017 edition: 17 academies participated as well as French institutions abroad.
The CLEMI, a department of Réseau Canopé, has been responsible for Media and Information Education throughout the French education system for more than 30 years. Its role: to promote freedom of expression, to forge students' critical thinking skills in a world dominated by images and to make them free and informed citizens in the digital age.
Wikimedia FranceThe Wikimedia Foundation, an association for the free sharing of knowledge, was created in 2004 to promote and support in France all the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. Since October 2014, Wikimedia France has been approved by the French Ministry of Education as an educational association complementary to public education.