wikiHow to Select and Create wikiHow Articles for UNICEF

Half the people on the planet are under the age of thirty and one third are under the age of fifteen. This makes 2.2 billion children on Earth.

Most of the people living in poverty in the world are children. Children in poverty suffer from malnutrition, poor health, exploitation and impaired development.

Children are the future. Yet, many children are growing up without access to important information that can help to make their lives better, safer, healthier and fairer. Bringing knowledge to more children is a way of ensuring that not only are the lives of all children improved but they, in turn, pass on this knowledge to their parents, older siblings, relatives and to their communities.

wikiHow is already proudly participating in sharing knowledge for children through the OLPC collaboration. We are now also going to be assisting in bringing knowledge to children through UNICEF.

This article sets out how you can help create a brighter world by writing, illustrating, editing and selecting how-tos that will help children everywhere in the world


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    Create or select a UNICEF article in one of 4 ways:
    1. Use the Facts for Life material. Use this material and create a properly formatted how-to article. Be sure to attribute this appropriately (see "Tips"). Examples are here: UNICEF.
    2. Use the Voices of Youth: Take Action material, properly formatted as a how-to and properly attributed
    3. Look for existing articles on wikiHow that cover the subject-matter outlined UNICEF Action List. Scroll down to "Topics to Write About". Add UNICEF material if appropriate (and properly attribute it), or improve the article using other sources.
    4. Create completely new articles using your own knowledge and sources, attributing as appropriate. See subject-matter suggestions UNICEF Action List. Scroll down to "Topics to Write About".
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    Read the relevant individual instructions set out in the sections below.
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    Consider the "voice" you are using. If you write for a child, write at that level - be careful; if you're writing to a wider audience, especially to adults, write at that level, and refer to "the/your" child. If you believe that creating an article aimed at parents and one at children is distinct enough, consider creating two different articles on the same subject-matter. Both will raise different angles and different usage of words - simpler words for children, more complex concepts for adults.
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    Be sure to correctly reference the information. If you only use the material from UNICEF, the appropriate UNICEF reference will be sufficient (see "Tips"). Reference other materials used appropriately - how to reference is set out below under "Referencing". Please do not copy material unless you have the copyright permission to do so. If in doubt, leave it out or ask a member of the Project or the Help Team for advice and if you want to understand more about what might be or not be copying, please read avoiding plagiarism.
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    Use good additional information sources. If you add other information to the articles, it is important to ensure this information is accurate and substantiated. Good places to find additional, reliable information include:
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    Place the {{UNICEF}} tag on the article's Discussion Page. This part is very important or we don't know that it has been prepared for UNICEF!
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    Try another one!
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    Watch the Collaboration Corner forum for news updates on the wikiHow/UNICEF collaboration.

Facts for Life

UNICEF has produced a document called Facts for Life. This is accessible online and we can take information from this booklet and transform it into traditional wikiHow how-tos.

  1. Follow this link: Facts for Life.
  2. Select a topic of interest.
  3. Check that an article on the topic does not already exist:

    • if so, can the wikiHow version do with addition of information or could a more specific topic be created?
    • if not, are you comfortable with creating it?
  4. Write the how-to.
  5. Attribute the article properly. This means acknowledging in Sources & Citations using this standard citation like this one:

  6. On the Discussion Page, apply the {{UNICEF}} tag (also consider adding the {{Lc}} tag if appropriate).

Voices of Youth

  1. Note that this document is less directly intuitive for creating how-tos than Facts for Life. As such, apply your editing skills, creativity and how-to knowledge to turning some of the material into how-to formats.
  2. Go to Voices of Youth: Take Action.
  3. Select a topic of interest.
  4. Write a how-to. Examples of how-tos that might be created from Voices of Youth include:

    • How to Write a Petition Asking for the Installation of Permanent Safe Drinking Water;
    • How to Hold a Fundraiser to Have a Well Dug for Safe Drinking Water; or
    • How to Perform a Play Showing the Importance of Sending Children to School
  5. Add the appropriate attribution (see "Tips" below).
  6. Add the {{UNICEF}} designation to the Discussion Page.
  7. Write as many as you like.

Updating Existing Articles or Creating New Articles for UNICEF

  1. Look for articles suitable for children - read the Select wikiHow Articles for the One Laptop Per Child Association outline to get a good idea of the types of articles that are suitable.
  2. Place the {{UNICEF}} tag on the Discussion Page.
  3. Edit the article if necessary.
  4. Move on to finding the next article.


Referencing is done as follows:

  1. Place this code line at the end of each written reference you use (URL/book/other source):

    <ref></ref> - Doing this will create a footnote symbol that directs the reader to Sources & Citations. Please note that inclusion of an ISBN creates an automatic link to a search facility to help readers locate a copy of the book if desired. While it isn't necessary, it adds a helpful touch.
  2. Place the second part of the referencing code under Sources & Citations:

    <div class="references-small"><references/></div>.

This ensures that the automatic footnoting linkages occur. That's it! It's simple and easy to do and it will help to ensure high quality information is reaching the children, their communities and wikiHow readers.


  • Each article that derives its information from a UNICEF source must be attributed as follows:

    • Facts for Life: The principal source of this article is [[wikiHow:UNICEF et al Attribution Shortcut|UNICEF et al]] - "Name of Section" - for example: "Diarrhoea: Supporting Information" **''Voices of Youth - Take Action'': The principal source of this article is UNICEF: <nowiki>[ Voices of Youth: Take Action] - "Name of Section"
    • Other sources - as per source requirements. Follow referencing instructions outlined above.
  • Consider importing this content to the other language wikiHows if you can. The UNICEF information is provided in many languages and ultimately we would like to provide the UNICEF articles in as many other languages as possible. If you are interested in heading up the UNICEF Collaboration project on one of the other language wikiHows, please let Felicity or Jack H know and we'll get you started straight away.
  • You don't have to be a member of the UNICEF/wikiHow Team to take part in this project, but we'd love it if you did join.


  • Accuracy of the information is very important. To this end, please ensure that you follow the UNICEF materials carefully. For any external information you use to supplement the article, please reference it to allow for easy verification.

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