UNESCO Education UIL

European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), Finland

Information and Communication Unit

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with over 120 member organisations in more than 40 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide.

EAEA is a European NGO 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 especially in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

EAEA’s main roles:

Advocacy work
• We influence policies on non-formal adult education and lifelong learning
• We cooperate 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
• We are a member of several influential European associations and platforms, like EUCIS-LLL and Social Platform
• We represent adult education civil society in official working groups and conferences

Providing resources
• We release publications, reports, handbooks as well as project information and results
• We provide services and recommendations for our members’ policy work
• We help our members with partner search and dissemination of projects and events

Offering information
• We provide up-to-date information on EU developments
• We send an EAEA Newsletter and have a specific member mailing list
• We inform the public through the EAEA webpage and social media channels

Establishing networks
• We facilitate contacts with and between adult education stakeholders and other NGOs
• We work closely with EU decision-makers
• We cooperate with other research and development institutions, including universities

Creating a community
• EAEA is a network of more than 120 associations from across Europe


Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Nonformal education

User Profile:

Members and non–members of EAEA

Contact Information


EAEA Information and Communication Unit
The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation
Cygnaeuksenkatu 4

(+358–40) 511 2475
Contact person:
Aura Vuorenrinne, Communications Officer

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
European Association for the Education of Adults
Per Paludan Hansen (President), General Secretary: Gina Ebner
Countries Served:
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Luxemburg, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Working Languages:
English, French, German


Periodicals recieved p.a.:
From EAEA member organisations

Methods of Data Management

Methods of Data Processing
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

EAEA publishes an electronic newsletter in English six times annually. Other services include a member newsletter, an RSS feed of the website as well as Facebook and Twitter pages. EAEA is also involved in ELM, European Lifelong Learning Magazine, that offers adult education news in Europe. In addition, the Helsinki unit provides information and collects documentation about EAEA’s activities to members and non–members.

Publications Produced

Special Activities

Promoting the development of adult education; lobbying international bodies; encouraging co–operation in adult education at the European level; facilitating co–operation and impact of NGOs on the international scene.


The Social Platform; EUCIS-LLL; CONCORD; ICAE

Studies and Surveys

1. Supporting European Citizenship and the European Dimension by Educating Editors of Adult Education Publications in Europe, and Developing Publications and Teaching Materials (Finnish Adult Education Association/EAEA Helsinki Office); two interim reports published; 2. ALICE – Information Service on Non–Formal Adult Education in Europe, Flemish Centre for Adult Education/EAEA Brussels Office); two interim reports published; 3. Handbook on Adult Education; 4. www.esnal.net – A collection of studies, surveys and material on Adult Education in Europe; 5. APPEAL: Socrates Programme 1995–1999, an analysis of the adult education projects; 6. The Memorandum on Lifelong Learning, a consultation process

Other material

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

The EAEA is a transnational umbrella association with around 120 non–governmental member organisations in ca. 40 European countries. Through its membership it can have an important role in assessing the Network of Networks regarding the needs of non–governmental organisations at international, national and regional–local level concerning information and documentation strategies.