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CIVIL SOCIETY AND POPULATION PARTICIPATION (LESSON PLAN AND NOTE)

SUBJECT: CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
TOPIC: CIVIL SOCIETY AND POPULATION PARTICIPATION
SUBTOPIC: Classify civil society groups
A civil society is a group of people who come together to pursue a common cause and provide an alternative to pressure groups in social, economic and political matters. 

CLASSIFICATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS 
Civil society groups can be classified as follows:
i. Interest Groups such as trade unions, professional and business groups. 
ii. Human rights group such as Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), Human rights Watch, Amnesty International. 
iii. Organisational based groups such as kinship and township unions, ethnic, cultural and religious unions. 
iv. Service provision groups such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 
v. Deviant civil associations such as secret societies or cults. 
EXAMPLES OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP
Some examples of Civil society groups in Nigeria include:
i. Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) 
ii. Human Rights Watch, 
iii. Civil Defence (CD), 
iv. National Democratic coalition (NADECO) 
v. Constitutional Rights Project (CRP) 
FUNCTIONS OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP
Civil Society Groups perform many dutiesin the society. Some of their functions include:
i. Protecting human rights
ii. Promoting consumer rights, 
iii. Promoting healthy life styles and practices among members, 
iv. Representing alternative views from that of the government
v. Protecting citizens from government's poor or bad policies and programs.
vi. Protecting democracy by criticizing government's poor performances. 
STARTER: I start by asking pupils question on group and individua. 
CLASS ACTIVITY
Exercise
1. Explain the term 'Civil Society Groups'. 
2. List three classes of civil society groups you know. 
3. Explain three funtions of civil society groups in Nigeria. 
4. What are the full names of the following civil societies:
CLO, CD, NADECO? 
5. Mention two organisational based groupsof civil society. 
PLENARY: pupils should be able to:
a. explain cpncept of civil society. 
b. classify civil society groups, 
c. state the functions of civil society groups in Nigeria.




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