European Association for the Education of Adults

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Birgit Zenker/EAEA | 09.01.2014 | Information - Institutions

eaea logo bigThe European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe and is a European NGO whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations directly involved in adult learning. EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

EAEA is a transnational, non-profit association whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations which are directly involved in adult learning. Its primary focus is NGOs whose principal aim is the education of adults. EAEA also works where possible through national co-ordinating bodies for adult learning. Originally known as the European Bureau of Adult Education, EAEA was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries.

The main roles of EAEA

  • Policy advocacy for lifelong learning at a European level
  • Development of practice through projects, publications and training
  • Provision of information and services for our members
  • International co-operation

EAEA promotes adult learning and the widening of access and participation in formal, non-formal and informal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented. The purposes of learning may be for personal fulfilment; social change; active citizenship; environmental sustainability; cultural and intercultural awareness and knowledge; skills development and in employment related fields.

We aim to support and disseminate our memberĀ“s engagement in activities, partnerships, policy and curricula development, research and provision for social inclusion and cohesion, democratic participation and combating poverty and discrimination.

Aims of EAEA

  • to promote the development of adult learning
  • to encourage co-operation in adult learning at European level
  • to lobby international bodies so that they adopt plans and policies which respond to the needs of the adult population in Europe
  • to make it easier for NGOs to work together and play an active role in the international scene
EAEA works with national and regional governments and international bodies and organisations such as the European Union , the Council of Europe , the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE, of which EAEA is a member), UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).


EAEA members come from:

  • national co-ordinating organisations in European countries
  • national organisations in European countries where there is more than one co-ordinating organisation, or where there is no national co-ordinating organisation
  • local, regional, national or transnational organisations (associate members)
  • Membership application

  • acts as an advocate for adult learning and for NGOs working in this field
  • supports its members and their networks
  • develops thinking about the nature and importance of adult learning and about the ways to improving the range and quality of opportunities
  • promotes shared learning through the exchange of information, knowledge and experience among members
  • organises information seminars and awareness raising activities about EU programmes and policy developments
  • organises training about sources of European funding for adult learning
  • publishes newsletters and reports
  • co-operates with other organisations in pursuit of the aims of EAEA
The EAEA web site and the newsletter give information on activities, projects, new developments in legislation, policies and programmes, conclusions from various conferences, proposals for new projects, and project partners.


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