Brain Awareness Week

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University of Nigeria

Organized by:
University of Nigeria

Participating Organizations:
College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus College of Medicine, Enugu State University of Science and Technology

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Press Briefing
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Other: Quiz

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

3,000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. Brain walk: Members, together with some principal officers of the university, and students had a walk through the university campus to create awareness of the brain week activities. RESULT: Many lecturers/researchers and students indicated interest to join our Neuroscience group 2. Press briefing: Kept the BAW and our activities in the news all through 3. School program: Spoke to children in primary schools (3-11 years) on the basic things about the brain, and to those in secondary (11-18 years) on the substance abuse and their adverse effects on the brain. RESULT: School authorities, teachers and students were so excited and eager to participate in the next year's BAW 4. Brain talk/Symposium: A talk titled 'The Brain; Now and Later' delivered by a neurologist and Commissioner for Health, enlightened the people - both young and old on the healthy practices that can enhance healthy brain save it from fast ageing and its problems. RESULT: Audience felt so educated and satisfied 5. Brain Quiz Competition: Gave quiz competition on facts of the brain to children in the primary and secondary categories and gave prizes to the best performing children and their schools RESULT: Made the schools including those that did not participate to long for next year's BAW

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

Personal contact with colleagues and students

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers, social media and radio The adverts through the social media gave it wide publicity especially through WhatsApp where we kept reposting the flyer. Our contact with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Enugu also kept it in the news and parents of the children in those schools we visited were eager to have their children participate

Resources

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 3-5
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 6-8
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 9-12

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Our organization was so impressed at the sacrifices we made to put the activities together more especially because it brought them on the news throughout the period. Schools that did not participate have since been reminding us of their interest to be included in next year's program Both academics and students from both universities involved are coming up to join our group. Being the 1st in the geopolitical zone (south east Nigeria), people from neighboring states are eager to partner with us

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Start sensitization early enough. It may be good if you insist on having people express their interest to attend to enable adequate plans especially if you intend to offer refreshment to avoid shortages. We had to expand our budget midway and it really weighed heavily on us. Moreso when we sponsored the program on our won

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Emmanuel Esom

Contact Phone:

+234 8086 685 967

Contact Email:

emmanuel.esom@unn.edu.ng

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