How does social solidarity contribute to education?

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Short answer: Social solidarity has shaped education to be more inclusive of values spanning several social hierarchies and classifications.

Social Solidarity is the extent to which people and organizations in society are interconnected and mutually supportive. It signifies the strength of a society's social fabric.

It stresses the interconnectedness of people in a community, allowing individuals to enrich the ecosystem of people around them. It is a fundamental idea of collective action based on the shared values and beliefs of many social groupings.[1]

Social solidarity impacts education in many ways[edit]

Social solidarity is a sense of coming together as a collective to progress. Its impact on education is seen in many things, including creating skill groups.

Prominent sociologist Emile Durkheim has researched social solidarity and education. He believed that education and social solidarity had two primary tasks in advanced industrial societies: imparting the common ideals of the community and concurrently teaching the specialized skills that would propel the industrial economy that requires a distinct division of technical labor.[2]

The industrial age requirement for specialized labor and skills in social solidarity resulted in the K-12 education system that is implemented even today.

Social solidarity has shaped education in the following ways:

  1. Education is becoming more inclusive of the differences in the community based on race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender, etc.
  2. It adds multiple perspectives in education that various people with various cultural backgrounds could bring to the table.
  3. The evolution of education includes the values of social harmony, mutual respect, civic sense, etc.
  4. Education emphasizes homogenous values and social integration that impact children of various backgrounds and cultures.
  5. Education is becoming a common ground where different children unite and learn to progress together as a collective instead of marginalization of a particular section of society.

Many organizations work with the same philosophy described above to create an impact. For example, Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education (ASIGE) is working in Ghana for women empowerment, education, inclusive and equal opportunities for the disabled and genders, waste management, etc. They are using principles of social solidarity and education in tandem to achieve the impact.[3]

Dorcas Apoore, Founder of Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education (ASIGE)
Dorcas Apoore, Founder of Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education (ASIGE) CC BY: Friends of Europe

Social solidarity and education are in a closed loop[edit]

It is also argued that while social solidarity in terms of policy influence education, education also influence social policies. It results in a cycle of social reform that feeds itself.[4]


  1. Boston, 677 Huntington Avenue; Ma 02115 +1495‑1000 (2018-10-02). "Social Solidarity, Human Rights, and Collective Action: Considerations in the Implementation of the National Health Insurance in South Africa". Health and Human Rights Journal. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  2. Zambeta, Evie (2014-01-01). "Education and Social Solidarity in times of Crisis: the case of voluntary shadow education in Greece". Education Inquiry. 5 (1): 24058. doi:10.3402/edui.v5.24058.
  3. "Advocacy for Social Incusion and Girls Education". Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  4. "Education & Social Policy". College of Education & Human Development. Retrieved 2022-10-11.