AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary membership organisation. It exists to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible to and inclusive to all.
The members of AONTAS who now number almost 600 comprise individual, organisational and associate (overseas) members. AONTAS promotes the importance of adult and community education as a key part of lifelong learning. It influences the development of policy and lobbies on behalf of the sector. It facilitates networking among members and supports their work.
AONTAS provides an information referral service to adult learners and the general public, collects data on developments in the sector and undertakes research. AONTAS endeavours to work in partnership with other relevant organisations and Government Departments, and from time to time engages in specific projects designed to support the work of different sectors of the membership. AONTAS also represents the interests of adult learners at a number of important fora.
Membership is open to all organisations, groups and individuals involved in the promotion or advancement of adult education.