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1 Being a Good Citizen Manners, Grace and Social Harmony

2 Citizenship What is a citizen? –Rights –Duties –Responsibilities What is social harmony? What is grace?

3 What is a citizen? A citizen is an individual with certain rights and duties under a government and who, by birth or by choice, owes, allegiance to that government. Another word for allegiance is loyalty.

4 Rights and Responsibilities We depend on others in the communities to fulfill our needs. Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne (2004) describe three types of citizen:

5 Personally Responsible Citizen A personally responsible citizen has: –honesty –responsibility –respect for the law

6 Participatory Citizen as above but also believes that: –understanding government –voting in elections –volunteering in the community are important traits

7 Justice Oriented Citizen As above but also: –fights for the rights of under-privileged –often willing to suffer personal harm in their fight for justice –sometimes lose focus on wider society and means to create change

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9 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Obeys the law / respects authority Contributes to society and community / performs civic duty Loves his/her country – patriotism Courtesy and respects the rights of others Trust worthy and Honesty Tolerance Accountability Moral Courage Responsibility Self-Discipline

10 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Rights: things we can do because of law Duties: things we MUST do because of law Responsibilities: things we should do

11 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Using the sheet provided, Label each activity in the list as either a: Right Duty Responsibility

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14 A Global Citizen Is aware of the wider world Has a sense of their own role as a world citizen Respects and values diversity

15 A Global Citizen has understanding of how the world works: Economically Politically Socially Culturally Technologically Environmentally

16 A Global Citizen Is outraged by social injustice Participates and contributes to community Is willing to make the world a more sustainable place Takes responsibility for their actions Celebrates diversity Recognizes that they can CREATE CHANGE

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18 Social Harmony People of all faiths, ages, nationalities or colours living peacefully in mutual trust as a society, is social harmony. Concept dates back to ancient China. Confucius / Confucianism

19 Social Harmony Family is the basic unit of society: A peaceful and harmonious family built upon 'Family Ethics' is the most fundamental component of a peaceful modern society. Children Parents Love / Devotion

20 Selfishness Hatred Poverty Social Harmony Sources of Chaos / Conflict

21 "By giving (others) freedom from fear, hostility and oppression, he himself will enjoy freedom from fear, hostility and oppression." - The Buddha Social Harmony Four Divine Abodes loving kindness compassion altruistic joy equanimity

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24 Grace Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. A sense of fitness or propriety. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.

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27 Now, Let’s look at your groups……


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