Alcohol Awareness Skit Competition-- Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Some areas in Sabah are known to have problems with alcohol misuse and abuse. Tambunan area has been identified as an area with a high level of alcohol use and misuse which is causing harm to individuals and communities. The consequences of excessive alcohol use negatively impact individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. In view of a well-known alcohol misuse and abuse issue in some areas of Sabah (and in collaboration with an on-going research under APAM), we would like to bring up a skit project involving the youths of Tambunan area, with an aim to empower them to say no alcohol. Skit competition was seen to have a high level of community involvement compared to other activities that was conducted earlier. This competition involves youths from each Mukim of the district to brainstorm, produce and perform a skit based on the theme of alcohol harm reduction. Previously, this project has only been able to be carried out in one Mukim in the district of Tambunan. We aimed to involve the whole district this time round.
Overview of Issue / Background
Some areas in Sabah are known to have problems with alcohol misuse and abuse. Tambunan area
has been identified as an area with a high level of alcohol use and misuse which is causing harm to
individuals and communities. The consequences of excessive alcohol use negatively impact
individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. In view of a well-known alcohol misuse and abuse issue in some areas of Sabah (and in collaboration with an on-going research under APAM), we would like to bring up a skit project involving the youths of Tambunan area, with an aim to empower them to say no alcohol. Skit competition was seen to have a high level of community involvement compared to other activities that was conducted earlier. This competition involves youths from each Mukim of the district to brainstorm, produce and perform a skit based on the theme of alcohol harm reduction. Previously, this project has only been able to be carried out in one Mukim in the district of Tambunan. We aimed to involve the whole district this time round.
Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)
Our vision is for youth to be able to say no to alcohol. We support this vision with the following mission
through a skit competition on “Alcohol Related-harm” :
1. Empower the community to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Create and raise awareness of alcohol harm to youth.
Help young people and non-drinker to say no to alcohol.
Understand excessive drinking alcohol can lead to serious health and safety issues
Educate the youth that alcohol consumption at a young age can disturb and impede the
development of the brain.
Project Details (Activities and Tasks)
A five minutes skit competition involving all the 7 Mukim with a total of 89 villages with 33,738
population in Tambunan. This skit competition will be in 3 rounds. The first round of the competition is
done to select groups that will be qualifying for the semi-finals (second round), and the second round is for selection for the final round (third round).
The first and second round will be done in Tambunan city hall. The final selection will be done in the
Recital Hall, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage, UMS. Press and the public will be invited to
witness the final at a small fee this will ensure greater impact to the community and public in general.
The theme of the skit competition is “Alcohol Related-harm”, and each group is allowed to
independently come out with their own skit title based on their own creativity, as long as it adheres to
the theme. This would be a group presentation involving youths between the ages of 15-24 years old.
Each group is allowed 4-6 cast members.
Expected Project Result & Outcomes
By conducting this project, we aim to create and raise awareness of alcohol harm among youths. We
are helping the youth community to understand that excessive alcohol consumption can: lead to serious
health and safety issues. Through this project, youths would be able to see and learn that alcohol consumption at a young age can disturb and impede the development of brain. Besides that, the skit
competition would be a goad platform for all the participants to learn to work as one functioning unit, established a strong team spirit and create a successful skit together.
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|University name||:||Universiti Malaysia Sabah|
|Project leader name||:||Mitchellisa Kinjon|
- A two-sentence summary of the projects goals
The goals of this projects is to raise awareness among the younger generation about the negative side of alcohol consumption. Apart from that, this project helps in building a team work and allow them to express their creativity on their own way.
1.2 Contribution of fund-raising
The fund-raising that was done for this programme is really useful as we have the opportunity to raise extra money in a shorter period of time to be included in our budget. Hence, it helps us to reduce the burden of not having enough money to run this project smoothly. Apart from that, the fund-raising give us opportunity to get people know and learn more about the programme that we will be conducting. We get to interact with them directly and able to promote the programme as people help in spreading the word about our projects that we are organizing for free. In other word, Fund-raising is the most simple way of promoting the event as people help to get the word out about it. This Fund-raising efforts also indirectly help in bring our team together and we get to know each other better. This will motivate our group members to work together efficiently throughout this projects. In order to reach our fund-raising goals, we learned how to organize an effective fund-raising strategic and sets an objective together as a team. Last but not least, we got the sense of feeling that we are doing something good for the community by raising awareness about the negative effect of alcohol to their everyday life. We have been given the chance to give a talk during the fund-raising event about the negative impact of alcohol to the younger generation. In conclusion, the fund-raising contribute many benefits which are obvious will help in our projects.
1.3 Details about the projects
1.3.1 were there unanticipated difficulties? Budget constraints?
Throughout the process of organizing this projects, we have encounter a few unanticipated difficulties. As the organizing team are medical students, there is difficulty in conducting a meeting with those who are involved with this projects such as the district officer as they are only available during weekdays which is also difficult for us as we are having packed schedule during weekdays. Apart from that, our faculty is very strict regarding our attendance to classes, hence it is not easy to applied absentee from the faculty.
To attract the younger community to participate in our projects is also one of the difficulty that we have encounter. Due to lack of participation, the organizing team had to brainstorm to think other strategic to attract their attention such as increasing the amount of prizes, and including postponing the events to meet the date which is suitable and available for them.
So far, there is no budget constraint that we faced throughout managing this projects. The money that we obtained from the fund-raising does help us in preparing the budget for the project.
1.3.2 Language or cultural barriers?
There is no culture or language barriers as almost all the organizing members are from the same hometown where the projects will be held. Hence, we all able to communicate with the local and also able to understand the culture very well.
1.3.3 What worked well? What didn’t work well
It is easy to deal with the community in Tambunan because almost all the organizing members are from the same district in which the sketch competition will be held. The district officer and the organization that is involved in this projects are very cooperative and they give us full support throughout the process of managing the project such as renting a place for the event, food management, and other facilities. They also help us in in promoting the event to the younger community.
However, due to lack of participation among the younger community, the implementation of the event had to be postponed. The lack of participation may due to the date available chosen by the organizing team is not suitable for the participant as it was during a weekdays and they have to attend school. Other reason may due to lack of understanding about the event itself. They don’t really know the purpose of the event and also how it will be held especially those younger who come from the area in Tambunan which does not have accessibility to internet and transportation.
1.3.4 How many people benefited or will benefit from your project? Who are there people?
The people who can be benefit from this project are the younger generation and local community. The rate of consumption of alcohol among the local community especially the younger generation can be reduced as they obtain knowledge of the impact of alcohol consumption to their life through the short drama competition. As for the organizing committee, we can learn how to handle any challenges during the process of managing this competition. It can give us new experience which we can implement this knowledge in the future.
1.3.5 What is the long-term impact and sustainability of this project? Is there a future for your projects
The long term impact and sustainability of this projects is that, it can give impact directly or indirectly to the local community and the participants as people can easily remember something that is entertaining rather than throwing a facts to them by giving a speech. The short drama sketch competition will make the participants and the spectator to be able to remember the hidden purpose of this competition. Hence, it can be said that the goals of our project have been successfully implemented which is to reduce the alcohol consumption among the younger community.
Currently, we are not sure whether there is future of our project as it is still in progress and it haven’t been conducted yet.
How does our project contribute to happiness? To answer that question, we must first understand what is happiness. The ancient Greeks defined happiness as, "Happiness is the joy that we feel when we’re striving after our potential." With that in mind, this project has given the organizers happiness because, never before have medical students who go to the hospital on a daily basis to gain knowledge from morning to evening, learn time management skills and organizing capabilities much more than learning and trying to make an event of this size a success while balancing our academic performance. As for long term happiness, that is more applicable to our participants as being involved in this event will make them learn how to work as a unit, become leaders, generate ideas, express creativity and learn how to make proper preparations in order to win. This in time, will be a stepping stone for them to become better in lots of ways and give them a chance to achieve their true potential, as it is happiness according to an intelligent civilization.
Has this project changed how we thought of the world? Frankly, yes. Why? Because, this is our first experience of conducting meetings with government officials, handling a large sum amount of money and organizing everything to be in check. Quite simply, what changed was how we viewed the working world. It is not as easy as thought, as there are many small details that have to be put into considerations when carrying out a task. It is very different from answering exams or doing assignments, for those are straight forward and does require many reflections on the actions. Being involved directly with this event has made us realized, things don’t always work out and we need to be prepared for anything.
“Being a leader does not mean giving orders, but knowing what to ask of our subordinates and knowing how to draw out their potential or talent”, by Mitchellisa.
“Tough situations come and go, so learning how to keep your cool at all times has a great impact on the outcome of your work”, by Syafiqah.
“Being shy is normal for everyone, but it one is to overcome it, that person will be able to do things they have never thought of doing”, by Vivien.
“Taking safe steps in life will ensure you to not get in trouble, but taking risks will lead you to unexpected events in your life that you will never forget”, by Myron.