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Arba Minch University, Ethiopia

Organized by:
Arba Minch University, Ethiopia

Participating Organizations:
Arba Minch University, Ethiopia

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • School Program
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The aim was: in campus brain awareness targeting brain health and addiction for undergraduate students, brain awareness training for high school students and exhibition, brain awareness events in Arba Minch preparatory school and to highlight brain science and brain health, conducting scientific workshop aimed at motivating research activities on brain health. The activities: December 21-22, in campus brain awareness creation in poster, by distributing t-shirts for students and staffs with advocacy through selected students. December 23 - training was delivered for 70 students selected from the 7 high schools . The composition of the students was 5 from grade 11 and 5 from grade 12 from each school. The students were trained about brain structure function and health. They were also given lecture on cognitive neuroscience topics so that they succeed in their studies and also on the science of addiction to refrain from substances that alluringly harmful to the brain. The event included also between school competition from the lecture and best students were rewarded books and shirts. Finally, the students selected two students to organize anti-addiction club in their respective schools. December 24 - The Arba Minch high school was selected to conducted week-long brain awareness week. The banner was prepared and posted on the gate of Arba Minch high school from December 21-25, 2020. The school directors were communicated to address the event for their respective students on the week. On December 24 staff from Arba Minch University to gave a public lecture for the students. December 25 - Mini-workshop was conducted in the University on brain research. Staffs and PG student In all, we achieved our goal.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Poster website and social media. The poster is for those who do not have access to the internet and are nearby. The internet and social media is for the distant and with access to internet.

Resources

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

  • Adults' Fact Sheets
  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 9-12

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

It benefited a lot. We got the opportunity to communicate with young students to motivate them in the science. We also taught them about addiction and to refrain from substance use. We got a forum to discuss brain science.

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

It is an easy but interesting and more meaningful and powerful practice with tremendous impact on the community.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

yes

Event Photos

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This is the event poster

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lecture for high school students

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student competition

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rewards after competition high school students

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students expressing what they gained from the event for the university media

Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.amu.edu.et/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1899:2021-01-04-07-59-14&catid=69:amharic&Itemid=316

Contact Name:

Samson Sahile

Contact Phone:

+2510911407568

Contact Email:

samsahle@gmail.com

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