Vapaa Sivistystyö ry – Finnish Adult Education Association (FAEA)

Who we are?

Finnish Adult Education Association is an umbrella organisation for national non-formal adult education associations in Finland. It is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1969. FAEA´s main responsibilities are promoting non-formal adult education and learning, promoting the research on non-formal adult education, and international co-operation.

What we do?


  • works as an umbrella and as a forum of dialogue for the national
  • associations of Finnish liberal adult education,
  • lobbies for the Finnish liberal adult education, and negotiates with the
  • government,
  • participates in the discussion on national and European educational
  • policies, and takes up pressing issues,
  • participates in national activities on promoting life-long learning,
  • co-operates with Finnish universities in order to strengthen research on
  • non-formal adult learning and education,
  • maintains web page and other information activities,
  • co-operates with other associations, authorities and organizations
  • regionally, nationally and internationally.