The SOLIDAR network works to bring more attention to non-formal and informal adult education and training (prior learning) and to specific educational provisions for socio-economically vulnerable groups such as working poor, young people, migrants, workers in precarious working conditions and working poor.

Almost 120 million people in Europe are living in poverty or at the threat of falling into poverty, of which 24 million working poor. 77 million European aged 25-64 (close to 30%) still have at most lower secondary education and those with low qualifications are much less likely to participate in up-skilling and lifelong learning.

What we do

SOLIDAR members include workers’ education associations, trade union education institutes and popular education movements, strong actors in promoting and providing education and training for adults on local and national levels.

For example: Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (Sweden) organises over 91,000 study circles each year for roughly 750,000 people; DGB Bildungswerk (Germany) has over 30 years’ experience in providing vocational training to trade unionists; and La Ligue de l’Enseignement (France) manages 600 education and leisure centres, and 60 vocational training centres all over France.

Our priorities

Projects and campaigns

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  • Dialogue-2-Change

    Dialogue-to-change (D2C) programmes are an innovative approach to tackling integration issues in the local community through small-group deliberation to facilitate intercultural learning and social inclusion at the local level. The SOLIDAR (...)

  • Building Learning Societies

    The concept of “learning societies” puts an emphasis on the importance of lifelong learning, especially beyond the formal learning environment, as the impetus for societal developments. The SOLIDAR network has developed an approach to focus on (...)

  • Skills & Competences

    SOLIDAR works to highlight the importance of skills and competences developed through non-formal and informal learning as a tool to promote growth and jobs, and at the same time, to empower socio-economically vulnerable people. In 2010, the (...)

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