Brain Awareness Week

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University of Buea

Organized by:
University of Buea

Participating Organizations:
None

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3

Year:

2020

Type of Events Held:

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

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students (1-5)
  • General Public
  • High school students (9-12)
  • Middle school students (6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

800

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The BAW 2020 was celebrated by our team under the theme “How to keep my brain healthy for a better education”. The objective of our celebration was to raise the awareness of the general population and school-aged children about the brain health with a great focus on how alcohol and others addictive drugs can impair learning capacities and lead to poor education. The first school we visited was an elementary school. There, the pupils had a lesson adapted to their grade on brain anatomy and physiology followed by a general sensitization using posters and drama on how tobacco, alcohol and other addictive substances can interfere with the normal functioning of their brains and disrupt learning processes. They were also encouraged to protect their brain through good food habits and some sporting and reading activities. At the end of the presentations, children were given a colouring activity and the best five were rewarded. For the other participants, flyers were given as take home messages and they also received biscuits and sweets. The activities ended by a family photo. The pupils were very happy and excited to discover the brain.The second school were we had an activity was a high school. We started our activities by an oral and poster presentations which led to a classroom discussion and groups works. Students really participated on the discussion, asked good questions and also gave relevant contributions on the topic. After, a quiz was given to students and the best five were rewarded.Unfortunately, activities had to stop abruptly on Wednesday 18Th because of schools’ closure due to COVID 19 Pandemic. We were to have activities in 6 other schools.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The most successful method was social media. I think because it is widely used and because many people spent most of the time on social media.

Resources

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
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Brain Awareness Week Stickers

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

  • Puzzles: Grades K-2
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Puzzles: Grades 6-8
  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Lesson Plans Grades K-5
  • Lesson Plans Grades 6-8

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • 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?

From the feedback we had, the participation in BAW was benefit to us in many ways. The community was quite amaze to discover a subject call Neuroscience that can explain many aspects of our behaviour. The community learned more about some aspects of the research and teaching that is done at the University of Buea. Also the administration of the University decided to take the celebration of the BAW as one of the major activities that will be celebrated each year by our department.

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

As suggestion I can advise someone to plan the event early enough and look for funding so that can help to have many things(T-shirts, book pencils … ) to share with the community during the celebration.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Event Photos

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Elementary school children learning to colour a diagram of the Brain

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Family photo at the end of the celebration with Elementary school children

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Poster session with High school children.

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Poster session with High school children.

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Family photo at the end of the celebration with the best five high school children

Contact Information

Contact Name:

KOUEMOU NADEGE

Contact Phone:

+237696660013

Contact Email:

nadegekouemou@yahoo.fr

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