Pistes Solidaires

Pistes-Solidaires is an educational organisation that champions the knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote justice and equality in our multicultural society and interdependent world. Pistes-Solidaires was founded in 2002 with the aim of raising awareness of global problems and showing the potential for change; the organisation also works to enable individuals to better understand the links between their own lives and those of others across the world.

We see education as all-encompassing and life-long, and our work in the educational domain is based on UNESCO’s four pillars of learning: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be, and learning to live together.

Pistes-Solidaires is a European Non-Governmental Organisation that is very active at European level. The organisation comprises 3 departments:

– Educational mobility: this department gives people the chance to experience learning mobility through European programmes such as EVS, youth exchanges, training courses, lifelong learning projects, senior volunteering, as well as international voluntary civil service through the French civil service.

– European cooperation: Pistes-Solidaires aims to increase the impact of EU cooperation at local level in the following spheres: education, social inclusion, socio-cultural fields (such as Grundtvig multilateral projects, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, Leonardo Transfer of Innovation in previous programmes, KA1, KA2 and KA3 since 2014)

– Local development: we aim to augment local knowledge of Europe and European values. We were awarded the ‘Europe Direct Information Centre’ label by the European Commission in 2013.

Pistes-Solidaires is based in Pau, in the southwest of France, and is also a part of a European-wide federation comprising 13 member organisations.