Push for more Afrikaans on Wikipedia

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At this time, Wikipedia has about 32,000 Afrikaans articles, compared to millions in other languages.

At this time, Wikipedia has about 32,000 Afrikaans articles, compared to millions in other languages.

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At this time, Wikipedia has about 32,000 Afrikaans articles, compared to millions in other languages.

At this time, Wikipedia has about 32,000 Afrikaans articles, compared to millions in other languages.

CENTURION - School assignments on anything from history to biology may just become a little easier, for Afrikaans pupils.

An initiative is under way to drastically increase the amount of Afrikaans articles on the global information site, Wikipedia.

The team behind the ‘Afrikaans on Wikipedia’ project hopes other South African languages will follow suit, and say they’ll be more than willing to assist.

Information on anything from, the Union Buildings to the Zika-virus, even Allister Coetzee or Cardiology.

A group of volunteers will ensure that Wikipedia information, on a range of subjects, will be made available in Afrikaans. Contributors will write in their mother tongue and focus on their field of expertise.

“We were surprised. We asked people to help write and we already have 100 volunteers, who are writing for free, for the love of Afrikaans,” said Susan Lombaard from Maroela Media. “We did not expect so many people would be eager to see articles published in Afrikaans on Wikipedia."

YouTube tutorials will guide volunteers on how to get an article ready for publication.

Training sessions like those will focus on making sure the facts are correct - and can be verified.

Maroela Media says it will gladly help anyone who would like to get something similar started, in other vernacular languages.

“We would love to help other languages as well, I think Wikipedia for school pupils in particular is important for any language group,” Lombaard said.

At the moment, Wikipedia has about 32,000 Afrikaans articles, compared to millions in other languages.