International Work

As a national organisation AONTAS is committed to representing the issues of our members on key fora at National, European and International level including the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).


european projects

AONTAS is also involved in a number of European projects which aim to support our members with their work and promote access to, and participation in adult learning.

AONTAS is the national coordinating body for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), which is aimed at increasing participation in adult learning across the EU, enhancing policies and supports for adult learners, and gathering and disseminating best practices.

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AONTAS is currently involved in two ERASMUS + Mobility Projects. The first project ‘Making an Impact at European level’ aims to support the professional development of those who work in the area of adult education, and enhance the work of the Community Education Network (CEN) supporting its development through learning exchanges and involvement in European work.

The second project 'Adult Education Leaders, Learning in Europe' (2017-2019) will give AONTAS STAR Award winners the opportunity to avail of Continuous Professional Development opportunites.



AONTAS is currently taking part in the Finale project. The project was created to provide a comprehensive analysis of financing adult learning in Europe. The Finale project brings together partner organisations from six European countries, and organisations working Europe-wide. Over a period of two years they have analysed existing funding opportunities and to develop recommendations for ensuring sustainable funding in the future.

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AONTAS is a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA). EAEA is a European NGO with 142 member organisations in 44 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide. They promote adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

AONTAS President Liz Waters currently sits on the EAEA Board, following her election in June for a two-year term, 2017–2019. Niamh O'Reilly, AONTAS CEO is a member of their Arbitration Committee.