Affiliate Pages|IFWEA Executive Committee
The newly elected IFWEA Executive Committee - from left to right: Juan Carlos Vargas Peru, Conny Reuter Belgium, Katri Soder Finland, Namrata Bali India, Helen Pettersson Sweden, Susan Schurman USA, Sahra Ryklief South Africa, Sibailly Maximilien Douhoure Ivory Coast, Trenton Elsley South Africa, Stefan Svensson Sweden, missing is member Alana Dave UK
President Susan Schurman

IFWEA is the international organisation responsible for the development of workers' education. It brings together national and international trade unions, workers' education associations, NGOs and foundations engaged in the provision of adult education opportunities for workers and the communities in which they live throughout the world.

IFWEA is part of the family of international democratic labour movement organisations. It has observer status with the ILO and UNESCO, maintains close relations with the International Trade Union Confederation and the Global Union Federations, and shares mutual membership with SOLIDAR in Brussels.



Purpose of IFWEA as stated in its Constitution

To promote and advance the education of the public with respect to the democratic labour movement; and to promote the carrying out of free and voluntary educational work, according to the principles of solidarity and cooperation, justice and equality, and democracy and freedom.

Vision of IFWEA as adopted at 22nd General Conference:

A world where all working people have access to lifelong learning opportunities which enable them to claim and exercise their inalienable democratic rights, responsibilities and freedoms as global citizens.

Aim of Strategic Plan:

To Build a Global Knowledge Community which facilitates global co-operation between worker educators so as to advance the frontiers of knowledge, education methodology and practises of democratic worker organisations promoting freedom, justice and equality for all. 


1: Strengthen IFWEA organisationally and increase networking and collaboration of member organisations.


2: Improve the educational and research capacity and services of our affiliates on the main challenges faced by the labour movement in order to assist them in their role of strengthening democratic worker organisations in their countries and regions.


3: Build a knowledge community within the global labour movement which enables worker organisations to face the challenges of flexibility and to improve capacity to represent, organise and advance the conditions of workers in precarious forms of work.


4: Identify, agree and practice a common set of values and ethics which informs IFWEA pedagogy and delivery of workers education.