You are here


A new social contract for education: advancing a paradigm of relational interconnectedness
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2023 | 13
Toukan, Elena
Corporate author: 

This paper looks at recent calls for “a new social contract for education” through the lens of a relational ontology for humanity and a living planet. Through a critical view of social contract theory, the paper looks at how this call can be an entry point to a deeper paradigmatic shift in framing questions of justice, social organization, and education itself. It proposes a shift from a rules-based transactional model to a relationship-based model grounded in understanding and appreciation of interdependence and interconnectedness. In order to shape more just and sustainable futures for humanity and the planet, a new social contract for education will need to transcend atomistic, transactional, and adversarial social dynamics and instead be organized around relational interconnectedness.

Resource Type: 
Research papers / journal articles
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Globalisation and social justice / International understanding
Sustainable development / sustainability
Level of education: 
educational philosophy