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CHOOSING FRIENDS IN SCHOOL

As a child grows up, he/she attends school and plays with his/her age mates. This play mates or peer groups have their own rules and regulations which members must obey. A child learns how to behave in a group. He/she also shares in what other children have learnt in their families. Children should however avoid playing with those who behave badly, as they could easily be influenced because bad   company corrupt good manner.

 

The school plays an important role in the way a child acquires desirable values, attitudes, and skills in modern society. At school, the child is given an all round education in physical development [psychomotor], attitudinal development [affective], and intellectual development [cognitive]. The school under the guidance of a teacher prepares the child to be functional member of the society. The school uses constant rewards and punishment to socialize the child.

 

DEFINITION OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP

Human relationship develops from the knowledge and interaction with one another. Through interaction, human beings tend to understand one another and this brings peace in their relationship. When we live together and we do not understand each other, the relationship will break down. There are certain things that help towards building interaction. In other words, there are things that you should know about the person that you are interacting with. They are as follows:

  1. Name
  2. Background
  3. Age
  4. School
  5. Religion
  6. Hobby
  7. State
  8. Nationality
  9. Likes and dislikes
  10. Interest, hopes and fears.

 

In the Bible, Abraham and Lot were relatives and they understood each other. This explains why they came together and ironed out the quarrel that ensued between their servants that would have ultimately led to their separation. We also have another example of human relationship in the Bible where the genealogy (background) of Jesus was traced to Abraham in Matthew and Luke.

 

TYPES OF RELATIONSHIP

We have two types of relationship namely family and business relationship:

  1. Family relationship: – This is sub divided into two; immediate and extended family relationship includes (a) Husband and wife relationship (b) Parents and children relationship (c) brothers and sisters relationship. Extended family relationship Includes: (a) You and your cousins (b) you and your aunts (c) you and your uncles (d) you and your grandparents (e) you and your in-laws
  2. Business relationship includes: (a) Relationship existing between business partners (b) Students-teacher relationship (c) friends to friend relationship (d) master-servant relationship

 

FACTORS MILITATING AGAINST GOOD HUMAN RELATIONSHIP

The factors that militate against having good human relationship are as follows:

  1. Bad manners
  2. Laziness
  3. Indiscipline
  4. Theft

EVALUATION

  1. Define human relationship
  2. List five factors that militate against having a good human relationship

 

FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is a state of being emotionally attached to another person resulting from feeling of          affection. It also provides opportunity for acquiring experiences, which would aid the process of developing a self identity and enhance the ability to socialize, developed appropriate inter personal communication and conflict management skill. Through friendship, individuals come to know, trust and depend on each other for affection, acceptance and support.

 

FACTORS THAT DETERMINE THE CHOICE OF FRIENDS

MUTUAL RESPECT:

It means relating with others in the ways that honour their personal values, decision and choice, even if they differ from others.

 

HONEST COMMUNICATION: This is the sharing of truth and being able to talk about sensitive issues or negative behaviours without malice. Other factors include: COMMON INTEREST, AGE,GENDER,BACKGROUND,ABILITY TO KEEP CONFIDENCE.

 

QUALITIES/BEHAVIOURS THAT ENHANCE FRIENDSHIP: Trust, loyalty, honesty, respect, affection, understanding, sympathy.

 

EVALUATION

(1) Mention two factors to consider when choosing friends.

(2) List five (5) consequences of choosing bad friends.

 

(b) FRIENDS AT NIGHT [LUKE 11:5-13]  According to Jesus, he said “which of you having a friend who decided to visit him at mid night and say to him “friend  lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; He will answer from within, do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity, he will rise and give him whatever he needs”

 

(C) FRIIENDSHIP   BETWEEN DAVID AND JONATHAN [I SAMUAL 18:15]. The friendship between DAVID and JONATHAN was extremely great. The Bible says, when he (DAVID) had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. As a result of this, Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as his own soul. “Jonathan stripped off the robe which was upon him and gave it to David, and his armour, and even his sword and his bow and his girdle.

 

EVALUATION

  1. Explain the relationship between Jonathan and David.
  2. Why did the friend at night grant his friend’s request?

 

GENERAL EVALUATION

  1. What are the benefits of relationship in the school?
  2. State the importance of school to a child.
  3. State the types of human relationship
  4. What are the factors militating against good human relationship?

 

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT                        

1.____ is a state of being emotionally attached to a person, resulting from feeling of affection. (a) Friendship (b) lust (c) infatuation (d) companionship

  1. The school prepares the child to be functional member of the following except ____ (a) home (b) society (c) garage (d) community
  2. The friend at mid-night was given what he need because he was__.(a) persistence (b) rude (c)highly demanding (d)dedicated (e)honest
  3. Jonathan loved David as his own____ (a) father (b) mother (c) soul (d) sister
  4. _____ encourages good relationship. (a) age (b) background (c) honesty (d) common interest.

 

THEORY

  1. Give four reasons why you must choose good friends.
  2. List five consequences of choosing bad friends.

 

See also

RELATIONSHIP IN THE FAMILY

CALL TO OBEDIENCE

THE CALL OF JOSHUA

THE CALL OF MOSES

JOSEPH RESPONDED TO THE CALL OF SERVICE

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