La Ligue de l’Enseignement – Education League

Who we are?

La Ligue de l’enseignement gathers more than 28 000 associations with the common aim of training responsible men and women who will fulfill their duties, make full use of their rights and be active in the French Republic, reinforcing its democratic, humanist and social character. These associations also aim at acting collectively against all inequalities in order to discuss and build a fairer and more independent society.

La Ligue de l’enseignement is a movement of popular education which was created in 1866 by the French republican journalist Jean Macé. Today, the League provides a broad range of services and activities in different fields such as culture, sports, leisure time, and lifelong learning. It coordinates more than28 000 French associations, is represented in 103 affiliated federations on the departmental level and has more than 1.8 million members.


What we do?

La Ligue de l’enseignement aims to promote the access to education for everyone. For this purpose, it intervenes with different actions in the fields of culture, education and training, environment, Europe and international solidarity, sports, holidays and recreation activities, social economy etc. The League of education has run a dynamic social and sustainable tourism sector for

the past 50 years. It offers educational, cultural and sport activities to children between the age of 4 and 17 (450,000 in the past year), families and adults. In this context, the Ligue is in charge of 160 vacation centers all over France. The Federations of the Ligue administer these centers and help with the development of pedagogical programmes adapted to the needs and expectations of the public.

The Ligue is one of France’s oldest organizations in non-formal education. Founded in 1866, it aims to guarantee access to education for everyone, regardless of their age, social and ethnic backgrounds. It further promotes a secular society, solidarity amongst citizens, sustainable development and respect for our planet.

Concerning international solidarity, the League of education coordinates the campaign “Pas d’éducation, pas d’avenir” (“No education, no future”). It develops activities in the range of development and international solidarity; it takes the patronage of international workcamps in the field of international solidarity (Fonjep).

On a European level, it is part of a number of European networks that promote shared values amongst the European institutions and national stakeholders.

These networks are:

  • Solidar
  • The European Federation for Education and Culture
  • The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
  • The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL)
  • The European Civic Forum (ECF)


Our best practices

Grundtvig :

  • Voluntary service, 1/8/2011-31/7/2013 between Ligue 31 (Haute Garonne) and the foundation Grasu bemu ciemats in Latvia: village for orphans and teenagers in difficulty.
  • Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity – network Grundtvig – December 2011/November 2014
  • Involen – multilateral GRUNDTVIG network – December 2012/July 2015