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CH-SCI 4.2 SUIZA Online Peace / Study, discussion, research 24/09/2024 23/10/2024

CH-SCI 4.2 Wikipedia for Peace: Stop - Fake News and War Propaganda (Online Camp: 7 sessions over 1 month)

Camp code:

CH-SCI 4.2



Start Date:

24 Sep 2024

End Date:

23 Oct 2024


4: Peace and disarmament


Wheelchair Accessible

Work Types:

Peace / Study, discussion, research

Number of volunteers:


Number of places still available:


Free places last update:

28 Feb 2024

International age:

16 - 99

National age:

16 - 99

Required Language:



Description: In this online camp, we will learn how to write Wikipedia articles and will get to know more about inspiring activists and organisations confronting fake news, identifying and combating war propaganda, biased media coverage as well as those individuals and entities that work for peace and non-violence. The core topics of the project that we want to cover are fake news, war propaganda, antimilitarism and non-violence. This camp is part of the initiative Wikipedia for Peace that Service Civil International (SCI) and Wikimedia has run since 2015 in order to improve the content on peace on Wikipedia and in order to target new groups (young people, activists, women, queer people) to editing Wikipedia. This camp is a collaboration between SCI Switzerland and Wikimedia Switzerland.

Type of Work: Doing research for Wikipedia articles online about war propaganda and antimilitarism, writing new articles and improving existing ones. The project organizers will prepare a list of articles around people and topics that are related to the camp topic. We write about people, events and organisations that are important enough. This means that there need to be good sources of information about the content we write about. The camp takes place in 7 sessions, each ca. 2 hours from 6pm-8pm (Central European Time) where we gather in Zoom. Between the sessions, you can work individually or in small groups. You don’t have to have knowledge on Wikipedia already. The aim of the project is to edit Wikipedia and provide more pieces of information & facts about different situations across the world.

Study Theme: There will be a big emphasis on studying in this camp. We will learn how to write Wikipedia articles. We will learn about the principles behind Wikimedia projects as well as free licences/open content philosophy in general. We will learn about peace, media, and antimilitarism advocacy and discuss our own positions around this. We will get to know more about people that are fighting against fake news and war propaganda - through our own research, through exchange with other participants and through inputs.

Accommodation: Your own bedroom (online camp)

Language: We will speak English in the group. You can write Wikipedia articles in any language you want. We encourage you to write in your native language.

Requirements: You need a laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work) and a good internet connection that works with video calls. It is crucial for us that you are motivated to participate throughout the whole project, that you are not missing more than 1 session, that you enjoy writing and that you are interested in peace, media, and antimilitarism advocacy.

Notes: Max. 3 minor volunteers can be accepted.

Overview of all the meetings (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKCAMP CONSISTS OF 7 SESSIONS OVER 1 MONTH): 24 September, Tuesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 25 September, Wednesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 01 October, Tuesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 08 October, Tuesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 15 October, Tuesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 22 October,Tuesday, 18:00-20:00 CET / 23 October, Wednesday 18:00-20:00 CET

The camp will gather participants from all around the world, writing in different languages. We are welcoming participants who have taken part in previous online or offline projects of Wikimedia as well as those that want to join for the first time. This is not a typical video conference and not university! We set this camp up to be a lot of fun, with a various range of methods.

Organization Description: SCI Switzerland is a non-profit organisation which promotes intercultural exchange, sustainable development and non-violent conflict resolution. It has been organising workcamps and long-term exchanges for volunteers worldwide since 1920. Each year more than 100 volunteers from Switzerland engage in SCI projects abroad, while around 200 international volunteers participate in projects in Switzerland. SCI Switzerland is certified by the Intermundo quality label, which guarantees high quality standards in youth exchange. Swiss workcamps are mainly focused on the work with youth as well as in the area of environmental protection. That is why among SCI Switzerland`s values is also an environmentally friendly lifestyle in accordance with the ideas of sustainable development. Volunteers are encouraged to be eco-friendly, especially when travelling to Switzerland and during the projects. Before applying be aware of high travel costs within Switzerland and check prices on the railway website www.sbb.ch. A participation in the camp from the first until the last day is needed for reason of instruction and group dynamic.