Civic Education

Cooperation - Factors that promote Cooperation

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 30th July, 2019 @ 10:46

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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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

The act of always telling the truth to others and oneself is best referred to as _____.

  • A. loyalty
  • B. discipline
  • C. faithfulness
  • D. honesty
  • E. godliness
  • F. goodness

Which of the following is NOT a consequence of dishonesty?

  • A. Loss of reputation
  • B. Imprisonment
  • C. Loss of sympathy
  • D. Loss of customers
  • E. Being disgraced
  • D. Being cursed

The cooperation seen among the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is best classified as _____.

  • A. social cooperation
  • B. community cooperation
  • C. financial cooperation
  • D. religious cooperation
  • E. trade cooperation
  • F. idiopathic cooperation

Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning cooperation?

  • A. Division of Labor is a form of Cooperation
  • B. Cooperation is a process of coming together
  • C. Cooperation is aimed at achieving a common goal
  • D. Cooperation is a form of social interaction
  • E. Indirect Cooperation is a type of Cooperation
  •  F. None the above options

Which of the following is not a pressure group?

  • A. Armed Forces Ruling Group (AFRP)
  • B. Boys Brigade
  • C. Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU)
  • D.Girls Guide Movement
  • E. Red Cross Society

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Factors that Promote Cooperation:

Cooperation is a vital value that is necessary for an increased output or productivity from any group or society.

Individual, communities, states and the nation at large will find it difficult to develop if there is little or no cooperation among its people.

By definition, Cooperation is the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal.

Please read on the Cooperation and Types of Cooperation here.

In this article, we will look at the various factors that promote or encourage cooperation among individuals, groups and the society at large.

Below are some of these factors:


1. Achievement of personal goal

Every individual has a goal. (Think of a goal as an achievement; and we must work towards such achievement).

Most times, we cannot make achievements alone; thus our cooperation with others is mandatory (important).

As an instance; a student who intends to become a medical doctor must be willing to cooperation with his teachers, lecturers, professors and other colleagues in school.

Similarly, a boy who intends to be a great footballer must cooperate with his trainers, coaches and other team mates.

Please read on Values here.

One of the most successful business men on earth once quoted that:

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

Read our motivational quotes for students here.


2. Achievement of a common goal

Often times, people form groups in order to achieve a common goal. These groups could be non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pressure groups, academic groups and so on.

Unity and cooperation are the vital requirements if these groups are to effectively achieve their goals.

For instance, cooperation within the pressure groups can pressurize the government into making favorable policies towards their group.

Please read more on Pressure Groups here.


3. Equality

Cooperation will not thrive when we fail to understand or accept the fact that all human beings have equal rights before the law.

Discrimination, tribalism, racial abuse and nepotism are the greatest acts of abuse and must be completely condemned and penalized because they are all false signs that human beings are not equal.

Please read on Gender Equality and ways to achieve it here.

Note: Within a country, equality before the law is paramount for the existence of cooperation among its people.

Please on the Attributes of Citizens and Residents here.

When the people begin to see, feel and understand that they have equal rights and are also equal before the law, cooperation will be highly encouraged and practiced among such people.

Please read on the Fundamental Human Rights here.


4. Respect

There is this saying that "Respect is Reciprocal".

It is quite difficult for a person who you don’t respect to genuinely cooperate with you.

Note: Regardless of age, we must respect one another.

As an instance, students are obliged to respect their teachers and the teachers must respect his or her students in return.

Through respect, crimes and vices will be reduced in the society while cooperation is fostered among the people.

Please read on the Reasons, Effects and Solutions to Cultism here.


5. Reliability

Reliability is earned through our previous activities and actions with others.

No one likes to collaborate or cooperate with an unreliable person; because such a person could jeopardize the common goal of cooperation.

Think of reliability as a state whereby you can confidently depend on others.

Similarly, you will be considered to be reliable when others confidently depend on you.

Note: Reliability is a positive value that can increase one's reputation.

Please read on Reputation and how to build a Good Reputation here

Reliability is quite similar to trustworthiness. (Think of Trustworthiness as one's level of believability).

Please read on the True Meaning of Honesty here.


6. Tolerance

As we all know, “no one is above mistake”.

For cooperation to exist, we must accept the fact that anyone can make mistake.

Please read on the Biblical Account of Human Disobedience here.

Note: We must also understand that each person is entitled to his or her opinion.

  • The principle of tolerance states that the people in an organization, a community, a state and nation must work in unity and harmony by either accepting or objectively reviewing the views of one another.
  • The principle of “live and let’s live” must also be permitted if tolerance is to exist amongst the people. This very act will in turn bring about cooperation among such people.

Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.


7. Understand the common goal

You can only cooperate with someone when you know and understand the common goal. Through this, you get to understand your role towards such goal and can effectively work with the team towards achieving it.

Division of labor is a form of cooperation and unity since each department work towards achieving a common goal, although through their specialized field.

Please read more on Division of Labor here.


8. Understanding one another

Our ability to reason with one another will determine our level of cooperation.

Note: We must always accept the fact that each person is entitled to his or her opinion, views or feelings.

Understanding brings about unity and unity results into cooperation. Cooperation will therefore get the job done through understanding among the people.

Please read on Conflict Management and ways to reduce Conflict in Organizations here.

You may have read about the story of a certain people who attempted to build a tower reaching up to the heavens through cooperation.

According to the story (above), the people spoke a common language and were really progressing in their mission until their languages became struck and they could no longer understand one another. This loss of understanding (through languages) was the singular act that prevented the people from achieving their goal.


9. Unity

Without unity, there can be no cooperation. Cooperation requires that the people must live in unity and harmony while working together as a team.

Note: A bunch of broom must first be united before they can be effectively used for sweeping.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education


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


1. Direct Cooperation

2. indirect Cooperation

3. Social Cooperation

4. Religious Cooperation

5. Financial Cooperation

6. Community Cooperation

7. 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 Human Rights. 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