Topics in Civic EducationExamination malpractice in Nigeria, causes and solutions Orderliness in civic education Importance of orderliness Examples of orderliness Cooperation 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 Characteristics of Democracy Cooperation - Factors that promote Cooperation Cooperation: 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
Academic Questions in Civic Education
The above image shows a gallant Nigerian, Doctor Stella Ameyo Adedavoh who sacrificed her life in the act of service, during a disease outbreak in the country. What disease outbreak was this?
A. Bird Flu
C. Monkey Pox
E. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
F. Chicken Pox
Which of the following is not an obligation of a citizen?
A. Payment of tax
B. Exercising the right to vote
C. Service as a jury when called upon
D. Fighting crimes without any need of reporting it
E. Ready to defend the country
F. Engagement in community and volunteer services
A legal process through which a citizen of one country gains citizenship into another country is termed _____.
A. International pass
B. Residential pass
E. Green card
A total estimation of a person's character and quality especially by those who know such person is termed _____.
B. Individual assessment
F. Cross examination
The following factors will promote cooperation except _____.
A. Achievement of a personal goal
B. Achievement of a common goal
C. Understanding the common goal
D. Understanding one another
F. None of the above options
Which of the following is not a benefit of honesty?
A. Respect and admiration is earned from other people
B. It makes one eligible for a greater responsibility
C. Honestly on oneself can eliminate negative peer pressure
D. It fosters a form of emotional, social and spiritual connection
E. Honestly leads to social segregation
F. Practicing honesty can favor goodwill
The attribute of honesty whereby a person is truthful, open and upright in whatever he or she does is termed _____.
Which of the following statement is incorrect regarding community service?
A. It is synonymous to volunteer service
B. It is defined as a service performed by an individual or group of people for the benefit of the community or its institutions without any form of payment
C. It can be done in any part of the world
D. Schools, churches and NGOs can carry out community service
E. Participating in community service can improve one's curriculum vitae
F. It may eradicate certain vectors wherever it is done
The term reputation comes from a Latin word 'reputationem' which means 'consideration' in English.
Take a moment to ponder on the following questions:
If you can give a genuine answer to the above questions; then, that’s possibly your reputation.
Reputation can simply be defined as a complete or total estimation of a person’s character and quality especially by those who know such person.
Reputation can be put into different types depending on how you look at it; but in this article, we will look into the good and bad forms reputation. Meanwhile, understand that everyone has got a reputation but not everyone has good reputation.
An important point to understand is this: 'Everything you do or don’t do will account for your reputation regardless your awareness or non-awareness towards it'. However, the good news is the fact that there's a chance for everyone to improve on their reputation.
Below are explanations on the various ways through which one can build a good reputation:
Take a moment to think about the people you respect and hold in high esteem. Try to find out the values they possess that made you respect them.
If you put into practice the amiable values of those you hold in high esteem, your reputation will increase and others will look up to you in return.
Negative talk like gossips, use of abusive languages, maligning others and so on will only bring bad reputation on a person.
It is better to remain silent and keep your opinion to yourself rather than expressing an unsure opinion about others (family, friends and even strangers).
Some persons may go an extra mile by putting up these negative or unsure gossips on the internet. This act can be potentially very dangerous to the reputation and career of such persons involved.
Note: People who constantly speak bad, negative and evil about others rarely have a positive reputation.
Once in a while, we have to politely introduce ourselves to people who don’t know us. Social, community and volunteer services are one of the various ways to achieve this.
A truth about life is the fact that little may be known of our good reputation if we are not known. Social, community and volunteer services provide an opportunity for people to see our selfless and humanitarian actions. Also, we get to meet a variety of people through this selfless act.
One way to build up a good reputation is to start taking up responsibilities and delivering on them.
When one takes up too big a responsibility and fails to deliver on them, it usually results into having a bad reputation. To this end, we should be careful and analytical when taking up responsibilities.
Understand that the act of helping people whenever we can goes a long way in building our reputation.
No upright person will like to associate himself or herself with a thief, a murderer or a liar (which are all considered as negative behaviors).
Negative behaviors include but aren't limited to the followings:
One with the above negative behaviors will have a bad reputation. Apart from this, no good and reasonable person will want to associate with one who portrays these aforementioned negative behaviors.
No one trusts a dishonest person or one that lacks integrity. Integrity goes a long way with regards to reputation. Many people (dead and alive) are respected and revered today because they lived and died honorably through their acts of integrity and honesty.
Joseph in the bible became a leader and a man of great reputation in a foreign land. He achieved this feat because of the honesty and integrity he showed in times of temptation and injustice.
There is this saying that 'the way you dress is the way you would be addressed'. Also, our first impression when relating with other people can prove vital.
One should be properly dressed for the appropriate occasion because this is the first step towards presenting your personality. Your personality on the other hand may determine your level of reputation.
As an instance, a secondary school student is expected to dressed neatly. This will include wearing a clean, well ironed and properly tucked uniforms; together with the appropriate stockings and shoes.
Also, if students are to further enhance their reputation before their teachers and fellow students, they should be hard-working, well-mannered and neat.
Do you know it is possible for one not to be liked because of the way he or she carries himself or herself?
We need to portray a good image of ourselves if we intend to put out a good reputation out there. To achieve this, the following actions are recommended:
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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
NOTABLE POINTS IN Civic Education
A citizen has the following rights:
You have the entire right and privileges as defined in your country’s law.
No one can take away your citizenship.
You can hold a passport from your country of citizenship.
You can pass your citizenship to your children.
You don’t have to fulfill any minimum stay to become a citizen.
Provided you have the passport of your country of citizenship, you are free to travel to any country which your country has travel agreement with.
You can have dual citizenship.
A legal resident in a country has the following attributes within that country:
They must provide their bio-metric information.
They can enter their country of residence on many occasions. However, when they break any of the residents’ status, they may be denied further entry into the country of residence.
They are able to freely live, study, work and travel within their country of residence.
They will still utilize their international passport (from their country of citizenship) for travels, but not their resident card or permit.
They can become a resident after fulfilling their stay requirement. As an instance, one may become a resident when they had lived for 10 years in a country without any issues.
They can only naturalize (become a citizen) after faithfully living as a resident throughout the required number of years.
They can lose their residential status when convicted for serious crimes.
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 concerning cooperation; and it goes thus:
Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates
Types of Cooperation:
- Direct cooperation
- Indirect cooperation
- Social cooperation
- Religious cooperation
- Financial cooperation
- Community cooperation
- Occupational cooperation
All human beings are entitled to their rights (human rights); but the truth is, we still have got limitations to some of these rights of ours. Below are 4 limitations: