This article attempts to critically analyze the current political situation in the world, highlighting the role that intercultural education for social justice can play. Over the last thirty years or so, political parties and movements around the globe have managed to impose their agenda on the public debate and contribute to an increase in racism, classism, sexism, nativism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, transphobia, anti-environmentalism, anti-indigeneity, as well as anti-intellectualism, irrationality, and belief in conspiracy theories in many countries.

Intercultural Education for Social Justice opposes to these directions and fights against the ways schools contribute to maintain social inequities and unequal distribution of power. It also challenges injustice that “different” or “other” students experience in school and society and fights for the equality of all students not only in access to educational structures, but also in educational outcomes, with the ultimate goal of a better society.