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 141 member organisations in 45 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 in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.



EAEA’s main roles


Advocacy work


Providing resources


Offering information

  • We provide up-to-date information on EU developments;
  • We send newsletters and have a specific member mailing list;
  • We inform the public through the EAEA webpage and social media (Facebook, Twitter).


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 100 associations from across Europe.



EAEA is a member of the following networks: