Civic Education

Cooperation and Types of Cooperation

len Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 20th July, 2019 @ 13:55

Topics in Civic Education

What is Honesty? Who is a Dishonest Person? Consequences of Dishonesty Cultism: Characteristics of Cultism Cultism: Reasons why people join Cults Illiteracy - Causes of Illiteracy Responsibilities, Duties and Obligations of a Citizen What is Civic Responsibility and Who is a Citizen? Reputation: How to build a good reputation Cooperation - Factors that promote Cooperation Cooperation and Types of Cooperation Attributes and Benefits of Honesty Meaning and Types of Values in Civic Education Community Service and Volunteer Service - Benefits of Community Service Consequences of Cultism and Solutions to Cultism Origin of Cultism in Nigeria Consequences and Solutions to Illiteracy Honesty - True Meaning of Honesty explained with its Attributes Scheme of work for Civic Education, SS1, 3rd Term Scheme of work for Civic Education, SS1, 2nd Term Scheme of work for Civic Education, SS1, 1st Term Fundamental Human Rights and Characteristics of Human Rights

Academic Questions in Civic Education

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Concerning cultism in Nigeria, the motto of the pyrates and magnificent seven was _____.

  • A. Against all odds

  • B. Against all limitations

  • C. Against all barriers

  • D. Against all enemies

  • E. Against all conventions

  • F. Against all evils

Regarding honesty, the following statements are correct except _____.

  • A. The act of honesty goes beyond not telling a lie

  • B.  Loyalty is a requirement for honesty

  • C. A honest person is truthful to himself and others

  • D. A person may say a truth and yet be dishonest

  • E. A person becomes dependable when he or she is honest

  • F. None of the above

Which of the following statement is false concerning illiteracy?

  • A. Medical issues like dyslexia and dysorthographia does not contribute to illiteracy in developing nations

  • B. A person who can read and write in Chinese Language but not in English Language is not considered as an illiterate

  • C. According to statistics, about 30% of the world population are illiterate

  • D. A lack of awareness can result to illiteracy

  • E. Cultures that prohibit the education of a girl child will promote illiteracy

  • F. Illiteracy generally has a negative effect on the societies or communities where they exist

The following are consequences of illiteracy except _____.

  • A. Increased crime within the society

  • B. Increased rate of child marriage

  • C. Frustration

  • D. Illiterate people may lack knowledge of their fundamental human rights; and thus may not exercise it

  • E. Illiteracy promotes illiteracy

  • F. Illiteracy promotes cooperation although the people lack education

Which of the following is not a fundamental human rights?

  • A. Right to Nationality

  • B. Right to proper Standard of Living

  • C. Right to Behave however we want

  • D. Right to be Happy

  • E. Right to Pay Tax

  • F. Right to become a Celibate

Which of the following isn't a characteristics statement of the human rights?

  • A. They are fundamental

  • B. They are inalienable

  • C. They are non-discriminatory

  • D. They are indivisible

  • E. They are universal

  • F. They are unconnected or separate

A young boy places his values on education; and does everything possible to achieve his educational dreams. This type of value is referred to as _____ value.

  • A. Educational
  • B. Academic
  • C. Positive
  • D. Intrinsic
  • E. Innate
  • F. School

Which of the followings is NOT a correct definition for values in Civic Education?

  • A. Value is a more personal measure of worth
  • B. Value is the esteemed quality which a person attaches to certain ideas, beliefs or principle
  • C. Value is a laid down rule and standard that influences our relationship with people
  • D. Value is the standard principle that is supported by individuals and the society they live in
  • E. None of the above
  • F. All of the above



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What is Cooperation?

Cooperation is one of the important values that’s needed during work. No man is an island because we cannot exist or live in isolation.

Cooperation happens to be a social behavior that exists at the very beginning of life. This is true because a newly born child will always need the assistance, love and cooperation of the parent(s) or even a stranger.

As a student, it is expected that you cooperate with other students and your teachers for optimum learning.

Read on the Factors that promote Cooperation here

Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal.

  • According to A.W Green
  • Cooperation is the continuous and com­mon endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished.

  • According to F.E Merrill

    Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft and it goes thus:

An adage states that:

  • A broomstick is unable to perform the job of sweeping unless it's united with other broom sticks; and together the process of sweeping can be effectively carried out.

Note: Division of labor which is seen in various industries is actually a form of cooperation.

Please read more on Division of Labour here.

Societies will find it very difficult to develop if there is little or no cooperation among its people. The lack of cooperation within a nation may result to crisis and this is indeed not good for its respective citizens.

We see cooperation all around us; for instance:

  1. Footballers cooperate to win matches.
  2. Leaders of different countries come together to fight crimes and diseases.
  3. Parents and teachers come together enhance the moral and academic growth of their children or wards.
  4. People of the same tribe come together to defend their land.
  5. Landlords come together to eradicate cultism and crime within their community.
    Please read on the Characteristics, Effects and Solutions to Cultism here.

Note: From the above instances of cooperation, the notable point is:

Cooperation is channeled towards a common goal.

In order to successfully achieve cooperation, the rights and duties of the people must be clearly defined.

Please read on the Fundamental Human Rights here.


Types of Cooperation

Cooperation can be direct or indirect depending on the type of activity carried out. 

Direct Cooperation

Cooperation is said to be direct when similar activities are carried out by a group in order to achieve a specific goal.

Examples of direct cooperation will include:

  • Students studying together.
  • Group of congregation praying together for a common purpose.
  • The players of the same football team during a football match.

Please read on Values here.


Indirect Cooperation

Cooperation is considered to be indirect when different activities are carried out in order to achieve a similar or specific goal.

Division of labor is an example of an indirect cooperation since the different individuals working together specializes in their respective (different) field.

For instance, within a bank, the cashier collects money from the customers, the IT personnel oversees the computers and other "IT" facility, the cleaner does her specific job and so on.

Please read on Conflict Management and Ways to reduce Conflicts in Organizations.

Note: We have other types of cooperation that exist around us; and such cooperation will be based on the environment we find ourselves.

Cooperation Based on our Environment

Below are types of Cooperation based on our environment:

1. Social Cooperation

Social cooperation is usually common among social groups.

Please read on the Meaning and Objectives of Social Studies here.

Within this group, the respective individuals are expected to work together towards the common good of the group.

For instance, fans of a football team will usually come together to support and cheer up their team during a football match.

Whenever football fans unite and cooperate in this manner, some football analyst would refer to them as the "12th man on the pitch for their specific football club".


2. Religious Cooperation

Religious cooperation will consist of people with the same faith and belief coming together under one head.

The Christians will usually unite under one head in the person of Jesus Christ. Similarly, the Islamic faithful will also unite under one head.

In some countries; for instance Nigeria, associations are formed by these religious groups. Some of these associations will include the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Please read on Pressure Groups here.


3. Financial Cooperation

Financial cooperation is quite common in the past.

Here, different individuals come together to form a group where they contribute money with the aim of lending it to members of the group, one after the other. Each person may take their turn weekly or monthly depending on the agreement of the members within this group.

Groups that embark on financial cooperation are called cooperative society, thrift society or credit society.

Please read on the Types, Advantages and Disadvantages of various Business Structures here.


4. Community Cooperation

Community cooperation is seen in our respective communities. Usually, the goal is to develop the community.

If the government fails to perform its function in a community (let's say; the building of a community health center with its necessary infrastructure), the members of such community may cooperate towards delivering such project.

Other projects that may be achieved through community cooperation will include:

  • Building of community roads.
  • Erecting a community water supply.
  • Power generation for the community.
  • Empowerment of the youths within the community.
  • Creation of proper drainage system in the community.

Please read on Mary Slessor, the Way who stopped the killing of Twins here.


5. Trade or Occupational Cooperation

Trade or occupational cooperation is said to occur when members of the same trade come together for the common goal and development of their respective trade.

Trade cooperation is generally seen around us, and most often, the people comprising this group will fight for their rights if need be, even against the government.

Example of trade/occupational cooperation present in Nigeria include:

  • Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)
  • Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)
  • National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
  • Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
  • Trade Union Congress of Nigeria
  • Importers Association of Nigeria
  • Scrap Dealer Association of Nigeria

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Amazing facts in Civic Education

Canadians are so popular for being incredibly polite. For this reason, the province of Ontario in 2009 passed the 'Apology Act'. The apology act states that:

Saying 'sorry', which can be an expression of sympathy or regret can't legally be considered an admission of guilt or fault


Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal

According to A.W Green 

Cooperation is the continuous and common endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished

According to F.E Merrill

Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft and it goes thus:

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates

Read more on cooperation here

Types of Cooperation:

  • Direct Cooperation
  • Indirect Cooperation
  • Social Cooperation
  • Religious Cooperation
  • Financial Cooperation
  • Community Cooperation
  • Occupational Cooperation

Please read on the details of the types of cooperation here

All human beings are entitled to their rights (Human Rights); but the truth is, we still have got some limitations to some of these rights of ours. Below are 4 limitations:

  1. Soldiers have the right to life but when duty calls, they must be willing to die for their nation if need be.
  2. Although human beings have the right to movement, an insane person may be deprived of this right.
  3. Right to owning a property can be taken away. For instance, if a person is convicted of owning a property through corruption, stealing or another illegal means, such person will be punished in accordance with the law. Their right to those properties will be taken away.
  4. One who uses the right to freedom of speech in bringing about chaos in a democratized society will be penalized by the court of law.

Please on the fundamental human rights here