Mission of Organisation

We are committed to recognising the worth and potential of individuals and widening participation. We view education as a means of sustainably promoting social inclusion, urban regeneration and neighbourhood renewal, to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to realise their potential and to actively participate in society


The Educational Centres Association or ECA is...

The individuals, Centres, Institutes, Colleges and Members of the Educational Centres Association think Adult Learning should be about:

Our Team of volunteers up and down the country believe this so strongly that we run the organisation dedicated to these ideals. We have been doing this since our foundation in 1920 as the Educational Settlements Association, registered charity 313302.

See http://www.infed.org/association/educational_settlements.htm and http://www.infed.org/archives/settlements/esa_community_education.htm#cite for aspects of our history.


We Say that Adult Learning is a vital part of an individual’s life. It is a mainspring of communities and a key economic tool. Through it we can see ourselves in social, cultural, historical and global perspectives. The processes through which this happens cannot take place in isolation.


People learning together, sharing understandings and working for a sustainable future are what defines a learning organisation.

At the ECA we are committed to bringing together adult learners, tutors, lecturers, trainers, managers and governors and others who share our belief in this agenda.


The Constitution The amended Constitution was formally adopted at a Special General Meeting held in London on 11 October 2008