Working with our European colleagues means we can better advocate for adult learning here in Ireland. We're stronger together. 

We're collaborating to make a difference in global challenges, like climate change and sustainability, the digital divide, and threats to democracy. 

European projects also offer great opportunities for capacity-building, sharing best practice, developing resources, and training for AONTAS members across Ireland.

We'll keep fighting for the right of all adults to access quality lifelong learning. 


The Learners As Leaders Programme

A prime example is the Learners As Leaders programme, funded under the New European Agenda for Adult Learning (NEAAL). 

Here, learners develop skills in areas like critical thinking, communication, and creative problem-solving. They learn how to advocate for themselves and others with similar experiences. 

You Have the Means: Learners As Leaders 2023

Our latest programme, which took place in October and November 2023, was called "You Have the Means", and focuses on giving adult learners the skills they need - in research and communications - to create their own advocacy campaigns. We particularly focussed on funding, grants, and the rising cost of returning to and stay in adult education across the island of Ireland. Learners will keep working with us on this in 2024. Click here to read more about the programme. 

Click here to read about the Learners As Leaders "Creativity Takes Courage" on art, learning online, and the digitial divide for later-life learners. 




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.

Regional Capacity for Adult Learning and Education (RegALE)

The goal of this project - "Regional capacity for Adult Learning and Education" or RegALE - is to strengthen the…

European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL)

Inclusive Recovery and Transformation: Adult Learning Post-Covid-19 (2022-2023) AONTAS is the National Coordinator…


The FutureLabAE project addresses two main issues; the situation of democracy in Europe and the high number of…

Blueprint for Basic Skills Development in Slovakia (BLUESS)

BLUESS is a collaboration of partners, including AONTAS, that works together to support the development and implementation…

Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility - Build Advocate Mobilise

AONTAS is leading an Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility project called Build Advocate Mobilise (BAM). Mobility projects provide…

Communicating Europe Initiative 2020

The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) is an inclusive adult education programme that seeks to build global…


The Bildung project is a Key Action 2 project of the Erasmus + programme, which makes it possible for organisations…


The project TO SWITCH – TOwards Senior workers’ Innovative Training CHallenges – brings together a network of partners…