Vapaa Sivistystyö ry – Finnish Adult Education Association (FAEA)

Who we are?

FAEA promotes life-long learning, and equal, high-quality possibilities for non-formal adult learning for all in the Finnish society.
FAEA also works for securing the conditions and resources of non-formal adult education providers.

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.

Our best practices

Gruntvig Learning Partnership 2011 – 2013

  • EUConcilia GmbH, Germany, coordinator
  • Evalitas Bauer Messner Evaluierungs KG, Austria
  • Link Consulting srl, Italy
  • ÖkoStart Alapitvany, Hungary
  • Nowostawski Osrodek Kultury (NOK), Poland
  • Kunst en uitleg, Netherlands
  • Finnish Adult Education Association, Finland