English subtitles for clip: File:WikiArabia 2016 video message.webm

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Wikipedia

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Hello Wikimedians!

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Thank you for letting us join you today

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for WikiArabia 2016!

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And thank you to our host,

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the Wikimedians of the Levant user group,

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who have so kindly brought everyone here today.

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I’m Katherine Maher,

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the Chief Communications Officer here at the Foundation.

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and I’m Katy Love,

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Director of Community Resources.

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I got to attend the first WikiArabia

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last year in Monastir, Tunisia.

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It was such an amazing experience,

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and I wish that I were there with you now.

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It wasn’t just the Lazer Tag - which we played,

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which was pretty fun,

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it was learning about how you bring

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together the Arabic Wikipedia community

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across different dialects and continents,

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while strengthening participation back at home.

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This past year has been so important

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as you continue to grow and expand

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Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects.

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We’re thrilled to see how

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Wikipedia and education have flourished.

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Over the last 4 years for instance,

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1,200 students have contributed to the Wikimedia projects

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as part of the Wikipedia Education Program in the Arab World.

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More than 7% of Good and Featured articles on Arabic Wikipedia

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are currently from students,

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with more nominated for this quality status.

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I had the opportunity to visit Birzeit University last June

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during my time in the West Bank,

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and it’s so exciting for me to hear that biology students

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are now editing Arabic and English Wikipedia.

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The articles created and improved by Birzeit student's

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last semester have been viewed

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more than 28 thousand times

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by people around the world.

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The impact that these students,

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and all of you have had,

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on access to free knowledge is real.

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Events like the one you’ve

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all joined today are important.

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They give us the opportunity to come together,

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to share our experiences, and discuss what matters

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to us most as Wikimedians

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and what matters to our movement.

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Your community has truly been an inspiration

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to all of us here at the Wikimedia Foundation.

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We’ve been so happy and impressed to see

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so much great work come out of your region!

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From here in San Francisco,

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we want to thank you all

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for coming together today.

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We look forward to hearing more about

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the outcomes of this WikiArabia,

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and can’t wait to see what the

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next year will bring for all of you.

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Thank you.

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