Saturday, 19 August, 2017

European Association for Education of Adults (E.A.E.A.)

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AONTAS is a member of the EAEA and Niamh O'Reilly, Head of Membership Services, has been elected twice as a Board Member of the association.

The 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 non-governmental organisations whose principal aim is the education of adults, and it works where possible through national co-ordinating bodies for adult learning. Membership currently includes 130 organisations from 40 countries.

The EAEA's mission is to work for the creation of a learning society. It does this by encouraging the demand for learning by individuals, organisations and communities, and in particular by women and excluded sectors of society. It equally seeks to improve the response of providers of learning opportunities and of local, national and transnational authorities and agencies.

Originally known as the European Bureau of Adult Education, it was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries.

For more information visit their website


  • 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 improve 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 the EAEA.

General Assembly

EAEA General Assembly Meetings take place once a year. The General Assembly allows members to play a role in the future direction of the organisation, the next being on June 18th.