Civic Education

Citizens and Residents: Rights of citizens and Attributes of residents

len Alfred Ajibola - 07th February, 2019 @ 7:05 AM

Topics in Civic Education

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 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 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


Academic Questions in Civic Education

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A legal process through which a citizen of one country gains citizenship into another country is termed _____.

  • A. International pass

  • B. Residential pass

  • C. Nationalization

  • D. Naturalization

  • E. Green card

  • F. Internationalization

A total estimation of a person's character and quality especially by those who know such person is termed _____.

  • A. Identity

  • B. Individual assessment

  • C. Behavior

  • D. Reputation

  • E. Principle

  • 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

  • E. Equality

  • 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 _____.

  • A. Transparency

  • B. Contentment

  • C. Loyalty

  • D. Goodness

  • E. Reliability

  • F. Sincerity

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 following are consequences of cultism except _____.

  • A. Untimely death of members

  • B. They become feared by everyone

  • C. Expulsion of students involved in cultism from secondary and tertiary educational institutions

  • D. A cultist may go mad due to their brutal initiation processes

  • E. Cultists may end up as assassins, hired killers and robbers

  • F. They may end up bringing disgrace to themselves, their loved ones and families

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

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Residence and Citizenship:

Not everyone is a resident. On the contrary, each person must be a citizen of at least one country.

Being a resident of a country is not the same thing as being a citizen in that country, although both are legally allowed to live and work in the country. Taking the United States of America as an instance, a resident is expected to have a green card.

Resident have the legal right and access to live in a country for a duration of time. However, their duration of stay will differ based on the country they find themselves.


Being a resident is one of the processes on your path to becoming a citizen in a country. However, understand that a person will not be able to make international travels with his residence permit or card but can only do that with his or her passport from the country of citizenship.

Please read the concept of a citizen and civic responsibility here.


Attributes of a Resident

As a legal resident of a country, individuals has the following attributes:

  • They must provide their bio-metric information.

  • They can enter their country of residence on many occasions; but when they break any of the residents’ status, they may be denied further entry into the country of residence.
    Please read on the attributes and benefits of honestly here.

  • They are able to freely live, study, work and travel within their country of residence.

  • They will still utilize their international passport (from the country which they are a citizen) 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.
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It is noteworthy to state that a person may not be a resident in any country but each person is a citizen of at least one country.

Being a citizen is a status and also a fundamental human right. This is true because each individual must belong to a nation or country.

Please read more on your fundamental human rights here.


You are a citizen of a country by one of the followings:

  1. Birth

  2. Naturalization

  3. Marriage
    Please read on the forms of marriage here.


Everyone is a citizen of at least one country. As a citizen, you have the right to request for your passport from your country and it will be issued to you. You also have the right to vote and be voted for.

In contrast to being a resident, a citizen does not need to fulfill any minimum stay requirements. In some cases, one may not even set his or her foot into a country and yet remain a citizen of that country. A typical example of this is seen when a parent of same nationality gives birth to a child in another country and raises the child in that country. In this instance, the child remains a citizen of the parent's country even though he or she is yet to set his foot into that country. Also, understand that the child still remains a citizen of the country where he/she was born and raised. Inshort, such child is said to have dual citizenships.


Individuals who intend to become a citizen of another country can achieve that in 2 ways:

  1. Becoming a resident at first: This criteria varies in countries. As an instance, you may be given a resident permit for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years or even 20 years. If you are law abiding during this period of your residence, you will become eligible to apply for citizenship in the country.
    You can read on reputation and how to build a good reputation here.

  2. Investing your money in your country of choice: Not many countries offer this sort of citizenship, but for those that do, all you need do is to become an investor in the country.

 

Rights of a citizen

A citizen has the following rights:

  1. You have the entire right and privileges as defined in your country’s law.
    Please read on constitution here.

  2. No one can take away your citizenship.

  3. You can hold a passport from your country of citizenship.

  4. You can pass your citizenship to your children.
    You can read on the factors that lead to failed marriages here.

  5. You don’t have to fulfill any minimum stay to become a citizen.

  6. Provided you have the passport of your country of citizenship, you are free to travel to any country with whom your country has travel agreement.

  7. You can have dual citizenship.

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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

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

Read more on cooperation here

Types of Cooperation:

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

Please read the details on the types of cooperation here

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:

  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