Welcome to class!

In today’s class, we’re going to be talking about Fostering self-reliance. I trust you will enjoy the class!


Self-reliance is the ability to depend on oneself to meet one’s needs and to make decisions independently. It is a crucial value in both religious teachings and national development.

Understanding Self-Reliance


– Definition: Being self-reliant means having the confidence and resources to take care of oneself without relying excessively on others.

– Importance: It encourages personal growth, responsibility, and contributes to the well-being of the community and nation.

Religious Teachings on Self-Reliance

Christianity: The Bible encourages individuals to work diligently and manage their resources wisely (Proverbs 6:6-8).

Islam: The Quran promotes the virtue of self-sufficiency and not being a burden on others (Surah Al-Hashr 59:7).

National Values and Self-Reliance


Patriotism: Taking responsibility for one’s actions and contributing to the nation’s progress.

Integrity: Being honest and self-sufficient reduces the temptation to engage in corrupt practices.

Steps to Fostering Self-Reliance


  1. Skill Development: Learning practical skills like farming, crafts, or digital literacy.
  2. Decision Making: Encouraging students to make choices and learn from the consequences.
  3. Problem-Solving: Teaching students to approach challenges with a can-do attitude.
  4. Financial Literacy: Understanding how to manage money, save, and invest.

Examples of Self-Reliance

– Entrepreneurship: Young Nigerians starting their own businesses, like making and selling crafts.

– Education: Students taking initiative in their learning, using libraries and online resources to supplement their studies.

– Community Service: Volunteering for community clean-ups or helping in local shelters.

Role Models of Self-Reliance

– Aliko Dangote: A Nigerian businessman who built a successful conglomerate through hard work and strategic planning.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An internationally acclaimed writer who has inspired many through her self-made career.

Challenges to Self-Reliance

– Dependency Culture: Over-reliance on government or family support can hinder self-reliance.

– Economic Barriers: Limited access to capital and resources can make it difficult for individuals to become self-reliant.

Fostering self-reliance is essential for personal development and national growth. It empowers individuals to contribute positively to society and to lead fulfilling lives.

We have come to the end of today’s class. I hope you enjoyed the class!

In the next class, we shall be discussing Building Trust.

In case you require further assistance or have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below, and trust us to respond as soon as possible. Cheers!

Question Time:

  1. What does self-reliance mean to you, and why is it important for individuals and society?
  2. How do different religious teachings encourage the practice of self-reliance?
  3. In what ways does self-reliance contribute to the development of a nation?
  4. Discuss how acquiring different skills can lead to self-reliance.
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