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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Management Committee Meeting | Seminars

Independent education in the digital world

Madrid, Spain | 24-26 November 2019

It’s digital! That’s a phrase we have learnt to meet everywhere – also in education. A lot of effort – both success and failures have been met while trying to find a way to utilize new technological inventions in educational purposes.
A great deal of seminars and training sessions have dealt with issues on IT today, but many events have also discussed the future of using digital inventions in school.… Read

Student participation – The future of independent education in Europe

Istanbul, Turkey | 10 - 12 April 2019

As representatives of a vital part of civil society, independent schools are important players in the process of democratization of the whole of society. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that independent schools are an important source of innovation and quality in national education systems. Independent schools all over Europe, each with their own profile and curriculum, offer parents, students and –… Read

The growth of Independent schools. A school open for the challenges of tomorrow

Katowice, Poland | 21 - 23 November 2018

In the complex context of new developments in neurosciences applied to education and new developments in the European political arena, participants in the ECNAIS Katowice seminar 2018 are invited to reflect on how key ideas and practices may impact their day to day work at school and how the independent sector is preparing itself to face societal challenges.
The seminar in Katowice is a follow-up on the conference in Kiev in April 2018.… Read

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 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