The inclusion of Social Studies as a part of general education in the secondary school curriculum derives from the assumption that adequate provision should be made for enabling students to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective social participation.vEffective social participation should:
be based on accurate and relevant information about a particular issue or set of issues;
be sensitive to values;
be informed by a sense of commitment to the development of the community;
stem from a deliberate choice of ways and means to accomplish a clearly perceived objective.