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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Management Committee Meeting | On focus | Seminars

Inclusion in education: The role of independent schools in ensuring inclusive and equal education for all learners

Prague, Czech Republic | 23 - 25 November 2017

The theme of inclusion has resonated in various discussions across societies for many years.
The basis of the idea of inclusion is the highest human values – respect for the other, solidarity, fundamental human rights. Inclusion does not evade any of the human areas in life, such as work, housing, leisure and, of course, education. Educational institutions have a great potential to influence,… Read

‘Nordic’ light on freedom and independency: the non-public schools in the northern part of Europe

Berlin, Germany | 17 - 19 November 2016

Professionalism in the context of creativity and collaboration
To a large extent the independent schools in Europe owe their right to existence to the acknowledged right of parents to build and to run schools according to their particular values…..values defined by minority groups: groups around the schools and their communities. (The variety of values on which the schools are based enables ECNAIS to talk of “Diversity” as a strength.)
Values do make a difference.… Read

New approaches to learning as keys to success

Sofia, Bulgaria | 19 - 21 November 2015

The freedom of education in Europe is historically based on two pillars, which are not recognized equally in the different European countries.
The most well known is the respect for the fundamental right of minorities to raise and educate their children according to their own cultural and historical heritage.
This is strongly connected to the right of self organization and self-governance as proven concepts of strengthening the civil society.… Read

How to avoid the unification of diversity?

Vienna, Austria | 20 - 22 November 2014

Red Terrace, Graben, Vienna - by J. A. Alcaide

“How independent schools organize themselves – and try to find their way as different and unique on one hand – and on the other hand try to unify efforts and stick together”
Taking the Oxford dictionary on-line and looking at the origin of the word unify:
early 16th century: from French unifier or late Latin unificare ‘make into a whole’… Read

The role that civil societies play in developing independent education at all levels

Bucharest, Romania | 14 - 15 November 2013

Bucharest Parliament, by Dennis Jarvis

The objectives of private schools in Rumania are strongly related to ECNAIS’ goals.
For Rumanian independent schools good cooperation with local civil societies and other European independent schools are important.
ECNAIS can contribute in both ways to set an example of the role that civil societies can play in developing independent education at all levels and enhance cooperation between independent schools Europe wide.… Read

Modern view on the independent school in Europe

Berlin, Germany | 15 - 17 November 2012


In the seminar, some of the topics raised in the Regional Conference in Bratislava, last April (the minutes of which were attached to the half year report of July 26th 2012), will be examined.
New in the programme is a school visit, which is made possible by Detlef Hardrop, managing director of Waldorf School Association of the state of Berlin/Brandenburg; he will also participate in the seminar.… Read

The Independent Sector & Diversity in Education: Creating a Learning Society

Warsaw, Poland | 17 18 November 2011


Supported by the EU with a grant from the Lifelong Learning Programme: Jean Monnet
During the conference we will explore an overview of the different tracks in the policy and the public and academic debate about diversity in education. Different approaches on national, European and also at school level. Together with researchers we will reflect on diversity in education from different concepts and from a variety of daily practices in schools.… Read

The independent School in Europe today – and the role the national organisations are playing

Berlin, Germany | 19 - 20 November 2010


Through this seminar ECNAIS wants to paint a picture of some basic conditions for the independent school in Europe – and to give the national organisations the possibility to exchange experience and inspire each other as participants in ECNAIS as an European network.
ECNAIS will use the dialog during the seminar – and the output – as a point of departure for the next ECNAIS conference in Madrid,… Read

Values and quality of independent schools

Rome, Italy | 13 - 14 November 2009

The program is based entirely on the contributions of the participants themselves.
Thus, we ask you to prepare with short points your answer on the four questions mentioned below – and to prepare yourself to share your knowledge and analysis with the other participants.
Your contribution is to be presented as a poster. A poster is a graphically based approach to a presentation (commonly used for presenting research) as a means for generating active discussion.… Read