Lesson 4: Cooperation

Games (10 minutes): human knot and keep the ball in the air holding hands (count aloud how many times you can pass the ball around).

Discussion (15 minutes):

  1. What is cooperation?
  2. Have you been in a situation where you had to cooperate with someone or with a group of people? How did it feel?  
  3. What can you achieve through cooperation? Do you achieve the same when you are working alone? What about when we compete against each other?
  4. Is there anything that we can do without building on what others before us have done?
  5. What do you think makes it difficult for us to cooperate with each other?
  6. What do you think is the relation between cooperation and justice?


Discuss the questions below in groups of 3 (10 minutes):

  1. What do you gain personally when you pay attention to other people and help them?  
  2. What happens to other people when you cooperate with them?  
  3. Can we bring out the best in everyone when we compete against each other? 
  4. Is justice more likely to be achieved through competition or cooperation? Why? 
  5. What is needed for us to cooperate with each other? Sense of fairness, courage, overcoming stereotypes?

Skits (10 minutes): make groups. Each group chooses a problem and acts out what would happen if this was a problem that needs everyone’s cooperation in order to be solved. Have each group present their skit to the whole group.

Write in your journal: is there any injustice that you see around you that you would like to change? Could you accomplish this change by yourself or would you need to cooperate with others?

Cooperation: working together to bring out the best in each other, that is, to achieve justice.