Dansk Folkeoplysnings Samråd (DFS)

Danish Adult Education Association (DAEA)

Ordinary Member

Gammel Kongevej 39E, 2. floor

1620 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tel. (0045) 33 151 466

dfs (at) dfs.dk


Mission statement


  • is a branch organization for 34 Danish member organizations (MOs) which are all operating on a countrywide basis. All MOs represent non-formal or informal adult learning and participatory democracy ('folkeoplysning').
  • supports the interest of the ’folkeoplysning’ through dialogue with national authorities and other organizations and contributes to make the value of non-formal learning visible in society.
  • is the voice of the civil society in the public debate.

DAEA’s objectives are:

  • to gain recognition and legitimacy as the voice of the civil society being an active, visible and reliable player in society.
  • to become the driving force of the MOs in their organizational and activity development.
  • to improve the conditions for non-formal adult learning and participatory democracy in Denmark and ensure the acknowledgement of the values of the ’folkeoplysning’ in society.

DAEA encourages international cooperation among the MOs and is an active part of Nordic, European and worldwide networks.

DAEA's chair man is the present president of EAEA.

Main activities

DAEA’s tasks are:

  • to support the interests of the MOs in relation to political decision makers.
  • to offer relevant high quality services to the MOs.
  • to contribute to innovation and development of the non-formal adult learning and participatory democracy.
  • to be an active part in the political debates about the issues important to the non-formal sector.

DAEA is working on:

  • obtaining better conditions and resources
  • supporting cooperation and networks
  • encouraging development and innovation
  • positioning non-formal adult learning in the social debate

DAEA's approach is:

  • to make the efforts of our MOs visible
  • to be the voice of the non-formal adult learning sector
  • to represent the sector's interests in communication with other organizations, politicians and civil servants
  • to disseminate experiences from the non-formal sector's broad diversity of learning activities
  • to facilitate networks between the MOs, and between the MOs and other associations and educational stakeholders
  • to analyze and develop ideas and methods for innovation within the non-formal sector
  • to provide high quality support to the MOs
  • to fund the MOs' projects and innovative pratice
  • to give voice to the civil society
  • to encourage democracy and active citizenship
  • to establish space for meetings between facts and opinions

DAEA is financed by member fees, government grants and by a part of the surplus of ‘Danske Spil’ – the national, publicly regulated enterprise of pools and lotto.

DAEA has 9 staff members and is situated centrally in Copenhagen.

International projects

DAEA is partner in the following European projects coordinated by EAEA:

  • ARALE - Awareness Raising for Adult Learning and Education
  • OED - Outreach Empowerment Diversity
  • InfoNet III - InfoNet Adult Education
  • AE-PRO - European Adult Education (Young) Professionals Learning Platform (new)


  • 'Myndige borgere og forpligtende fællesskaber'. 2013. (Danish) 'Responsible citizens and committed communities'. A DAEA thinktank with 9 important members present 9 viewpoints and 8 visions about the values of non-formal and informal learning in today's society.
  • 'Vi søger de virksomme stoffer'. 2013. (Danish) 'In search of active substances'. Non-formal or informal learning motivates to lifelong learning. A study.
  • 'Aftenskolernes økonomiske situation'. 2013. (Danish). The economic situation of local study associations'. The last 10 years' development in financial support to the SAs' non-formal and informal learning provision.
  • Drastiske ændringer er nødvendige. 2011. (Danish). 'Drastic changes are needed'. How non-formal and informal learning can meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities in a globalized world. A discussion paper.
  • Breaking social patterns. 2009. (English) Non-formal adult learning motivates early school leavers. A study.

Picture: Dialogpris 2013