EAEA is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with 137 member organisations in 44 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations directly involved in adult learning. Originally known as the European Bureau of Adult Education, EAEA was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries. EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

What EAEA does:

Advocacy work by

  • influencing policies on non-formal adult education and lifelong learning;
  • cooperating with EU institutions, national and regional governments and many international and national NGOs, for example the Council of Europe, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and UNESCO;
  • being a member of several influential European associations and platforms, like EUCIS-LLL and Social Platform;
  • representing adult education civil society in official working groups and conferences.

Provide resources by

  • releasing publications, reports, project information and results;
  • providing services and recommendations for our members’ policy work;
  • helping our members with partner search and dissemination of projects and events.

Offer information by

  • providing up-to-date information on EU developments;
  • sending newsletters and having a specific member mailing list;
  • informing the public through the EAEA webpage and social media.

Establish networks by

  • facilitating contacts with and between adult education stakeholders and other NGOs;
  • working closely with EU decision-makers;
  • cooperating with other research and development institutions, including universities.

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