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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Annual General Meeting | Conferences

Diversity in education: Struggle for life or Creating the future

Madrid, Spain | 12 - 14 May 2011

Our intension is, on the one hand, to illustrate the pressure the independent schools and there national organizations face in the different European Countries today as a result of political initiatives caused by the economic crisis.
On the other hand, we want to open our minds to try to take an unprejudiced view of the future by looking to new challenges and possibilities for the independent schools.


Please find below:

We ask you to make sure that the Programme and the registration/ reservation form are circulated amongst your colleagues in your Association and in your wider network. It is of utmost importance for ECNAIS’ role as an association of national organisations that the various national boards be well represented. Please ensure that the information regarding ECNAIS’ AGM and Conference is passed on to your member schools

It is very important that we receive the registration/ reservation form no later than 2 April 2011
You can send the form to ECNAIS secretariat: Lexia Hulst:



Thursday 12 May 2011 | Hotel Tryp Atocha, Madrid
09.00 – 12.00 Formal Annual General Meeting and Management Committee Meeting (open for members only)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch (open for member only)
15.00 – 17.00 Pre-Conference
18.00 – 18.30 Welcome and registration
18.30 – 19.00 Opening of the Conference
welcome by the Spanish member associations
welcome by Simon Steen, chairman of ECNAIS
welcome by the Spanish minister of Education
19.00 – 21.00 Presentations by the schools
21.00 Dinner
Friday 13 May 2011 | Hotel Tryp Atocha, Madrid
10.00 – 14.30 School visits (including lunch)
14.30 – 15.30 Return participants to the hotel
Start of the theme of the Conference
Diversity in education: Struggle for life or Creating the future
16.00 – 17.30 Struggle for life’ as first part of the conference theme.
Mrs. Prof. Luisa Ribolzi, Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Genoa.
17.30 – 19.00 Creating the future’ as second part of the conference theme.
Ms Chris Sigaloff, vice chair of Knowledgeland
21.00 Official dinner
Saturday 14 May 2011 | Hotel Tryp Atocha, Madrid
09.00 – 12.00 Working groups about the project Flashes for the future
12.00 – 14.00 Report of the presentations by the working groups
14.00 Closure of the conference
14.30 Lunch
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