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July 7 International Day of Cooperatives

International Day of Cooperatives seeks to raise awareness about the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development.

International Day of Cooperatives

Contributors' notes

Francine Smith said:

26 June 2014

Proverbs are pithy pieces of wisdom passed down for generations. It's interesting to see how many countries and cultures have proverbs that relate to achieving success through cooperation. This could be a good classroom reflection to start the morning on July 7th and if it leads to a 'teachable moment", be followed with an inquiry into cooperatives such as microfinance programmes. Here are some suitable proverbs that I found: • One finger cannot lift a pebble. (Iranian) • Little brooks make great rivers. (French) • It takes a village to raise a child. (Africa) • Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken (Tanzania) • When spiders unite they can tie up a lion (Ethiopia) • Many hands make light work (Europe) • If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people. (China)

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