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Support education for social change in your community.

The WEA creates lasting social change through education, empowering communities to organise for a more democratic, equal and just world. The WEA was instrumental in popularising the concept of the welfare state and full employment, with WEA members going on to pioneer these policies in government.

WEA alumni include former prime ministers John Curtin, Michael Joseph Savage, Sir Walter Nash and Peter Fraser; numerous British cabinet ministers and MPs including Hugh Gaitskell and Arthur Greenwood; and other public figures such as G. D. H. Cole and William Temple.

We continue this work today, with campaigns on issues such as economic justice and workers' rights, equality for women, environmental protection and international solidarity.

Owned and operated by our members

Each WEA is a democratic, member-governed society. Our students lead their own learning: they participate in choosing the content of courses and organising the operation of our campuses.

Our courses aim to serve the needs of ordinary people and their communities. We aim to help our learners improve both their own lives and those of others, by putting people's ideas into practice in the real world. By joining the WEA, you'll support learning that challenges and inspires - education to build a better world.

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