Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Radio Show
- School Program
- Social Media Campaign
- Elementary school students (1-5)
- General Public
- High school students (9-12)
- K-12 Teachers
- Middle school students (6-8)
- Patients & Caregivers
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We celebrated the Brain awareness week 2021 in Buea on the topic “Impact of alcohol consumption on the brain and behaviour”. The aims of our project were to educate our local population about the impact on heavy alcohol consumption on the brain and behaviour especially in children and teenagers and to explain to women in our municipality the risk factors associated to alcohol intake during pregnancy. We had many school programs, we meet with some women of our community to talk about foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, also we visited a hospital. We were also able to reach a part of the population out of Buea through radio and social media campaigns. At all levels, people were amaze to discover or to learn more about the brain. They testify that they were not aware that the misuses of alcohol beverages were associated to so many brain disorders. The general comment was “We should have this type of program more often”. From nursery school children to the University authority the program was well appreciated.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Certificate of Participation
- Puzzles: Grades 6-8
- Puzzles: Grades 9-12
- Lesson Plans Grades K-5
- Lesson Plans Grades 6-8
- Lesson Plans Grades 9-12
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain Booklet
- More Mindbogglers! Booklet
- The Mindboggling Workbook
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- Brain Awareness Week Logos
- Brain Awareness Week Facebook Cover Image
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Our population was educated on the topic and this will help to prevent alcohol addiction in the future. Through the grant we obtained ( IBRO /Dana ) we were able to share school packages to more than a hundred students. In each establishment we visited we handled some kits to prevent the spread of Covid -19. The major outcome of this participation is that the BAW celebration is now an outreach event that enter in the calendar of activities of our Department.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
The best way to have a successful event is to plan your event early enough,you should involve people from other field of research and also use tips and material available on the brain awareness week website.
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