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AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation. We are a non government membership organisation established in 1969.

The name AONTAS is an acronym in the Irish language; Aos Oideachais Náisiúnta Trí Aontú Saorálach, meaning 'national adult education through voluntary unification'. The word AONTAS itself is also the Irish word for 'unity' or 'union', so the intention of the founders was that AONTAS would be identified by its inclusiveness. We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. We are core funded by the Department of Education and Skills and we receive project funding from other sources from time to time.

The mission of AONTAS is to advocate for the right of every adult in Ireland to quality learning.


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