Kumusha Bus, an African adaption of the Libre Bus, was launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2014. The idea of the bus is to travel around a country for 6 days and stop along the way to engage with local communities and activate their interest and participation in Africa’s growing Open Movement. Local communities are activated through various interventions, including localised photo bombing, OER (Open Educational Resource) training at a local school, Wikipedia edit-a-thon, citizen journalism, Creative Commons open mic, or open movie sessions. The movements covered during Kumusha Bus could range from Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, OSM (Open Street Map), GLAM, Open Data, OER (Open Educational Resource) to OKFN (Open Knowledge Foundation).
Following pitches from Ethiopia, Malawi, Cote D’Ivoire and Malawi to host the event, the 2014 Kumusha Bus pilot project was ultimately awarded to Ethiopia. Kumusha Bus Addis involved representatives and communities from nine organisations, including: AIESEC (International Student Association); CCL (Creative Centre for Leadership, which is engaged with communities and innovation); Sheger FM (Ethiopia’s first private media); AYWLO (Act Young Women Leadership Organisation); GIZ (a developmental partner); HILCOE (a private college); SIM (Social Innovation Mentors Communities); and representatives from the Copy Right Association.
The crowd was diverse and most of all interactive, energetic, young and open to new cultures and ideas. The Kumusha Bus venue had wifi connection and was easily accessible. The six-day tour involved discussions about Open Access, Wikipedia and CC, as well as the challenges prevalent in Ethiopia with regards to freedom of speech and accessibility to the internet and information.
The project marks the successful culmination of WikiAfrica’s Open Movement Course, #OpenAfrica.
Kumusha Bus Addis 2014 was made possible with the support of: