Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Radio Show
- School Program
- Social Media Campaign
- Elementary school students (1-5)
- High school students (9-12)
- K-12 Teachers
- Middle school students (6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
500 participants for two days of work
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Project title: Brain health status and our daily Behaviour: an insight into addictive substances and behavioral disordersProject objectives: Raising awareness of the populations on the impact of our daily behaviors on brain functions.Project region: West (Dschang) and Centre (Yaounde) regions The different activities/events planned for the 2020 Brain Awareness Week were radio communication, public talks in primary schools, secondary schools, poster presentations, workshops on brain structures and lobes, counseling, and scientific challenges with rewards to the best, the posters and video presentations. The posters and video presentations contained data intended to inform participants on behaviors that alter the brain’s health and the pathologies that result: Anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, aggressiveness, dementia, bipolar disorders, and movement disorders). The project of the Brain Awareness Week 2020 was to start in Dschang on March 16 with activities scheduled in elementary, primary, secondary schools, FENASSCO site, and the University, and to end in Yaoundé in the Centre region with the second CAMANE Conference. Unfortunately, a part of the week activities has been canceled by the Government notification on March 17 in the evening, because of the COVID-19. However, we succeeded to make the Radio Communication launching the Brain awareness week activities and do some elementary, primary, and secondary school. We felt that we did not fulfill our aim since the FENASSCO site and University open doors were not done, even though activities have resumed the social distance makes it almost impossible for now to perform any activity. However, in the different schools that we covered we were satisfied we the results.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
- Brain Awareness Week Stickers
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Puzzles: Grades 6-8
- Puzzles: Grades 9-12
- Lesson Plans Grades 6-8
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Fact Sheets
- New Puzzles/Games
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?
The project increase awareness. Indeed,the Dean of the Faculty of Science (the Faculty where I belong) has decided that the theme of the 2020 Brain Awareness Week project that we developed will become a theme of the Faculty of sciences for the scientific University “Grand Conference”. He said that the topic is very interesting as the aggressiveness and violence have been raised in schools and Universities and lifted to the level of government concern.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
We were very amazed by pupils' involvement when we did a practical with a fixed rat's brain. Indeed, as they were having hands on the brain, it was easier for them to understand the explanation related to the lesson.
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