Who we are

Who We Are – Our Motivation: Purpose and Vision

The International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA), formed in 1945, is a global federation of worker educators. We are governed by worker associations, and are independent of governments, state institutions, political parties and employer organisations. As the only international for worker educator associations, we are an integral part of the international labour movement. We promote and advance the education of the public with respect to the democratic labour movement, aimed at building a conscious, organised and diverse global movement. Our ethos as educators is not to concentrate solely on what is to be done, but specifically on what must be learned in order to formulate what is to be done. IFWEA has observer status with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and shares mutual membership with SOLIDAR in Brussels.

 

What is IFWEA?

The International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA), formed in 1945, is a global federation of worker educators. We are governed by worker associations, and are independent of governments, state institutions, political parties and employer organisations. As the only international for worker educator associations, we are an integral part of the international labour movement. We promote and advance the education of the public with respect to the democratic labour movement, aimed at building a conscious, organised and diverse global movement. Our ethos as educators is not to concentrate solely on what is to be done, but specifically on what must be learned in order to formulate what is to be done. IFWEA has observer status with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and shares mutual membership with SOLIDAR in Brussels.

 

Who is IFWEA?

We are worker educators, which means our affiliates provide education to trade unions (on a national, regional and global level) and member-based associations in worker communities. They are labour support NGOs; workers’ colleges; adult education units based at universities which supply formal, informal continued adult education on work/social issues; and community-based organisations dealing with class and work-related social issues. We have affiliates in a number of countries around the world including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Nepal, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, India, Cambodia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bolivia, Peru and the United States of America.