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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Annual General Meeting | Conferences

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Independent Schools

Bratislava, Slovakia | 19 - 21 April 2012

The independent schools are significant players providing diversity in education, supported by the national organizations. They take an active part in the civil society. The role played differs from country to country, but in each country the visions, ideas and experiences born in the independent schools are important inputs for the development of tomorrow’s education.

Each school has its own identity, its own organizational life, experiences and knowledge. This year’s conference theme addresses schools as learning organizations to meet the challenges for the future with both courage and openness with respect for its own history and traditions.

The annual theme for ECNAIS for 2011 was diversity in education.

We do see the actual theme Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a follow up on the theme of 2011.

Entrepreneurship is connected with creativity, action and understanding of values that includes not only economical action, but also cultural and social action. This understanding gives pupils opportunities to use their knowledge and competences and to realize entrepreneurial initiatives and activities. Their plans can be carried out in real life, and it gives pupils an opportunity to act themselves and acquire by doing so real-life experiences.

This understanding means that entrepreneurship is not exclusively for commercial education, but can be integrated as an important element in a wider educational culture.


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We ask you to disseminate the invitation, programme and registration and reservation form in your own organisation and wider network.

It is very important that we receive the registration/ reservation form no later than 12 March 2012, as we have to inform the hotel how many rooms we need. You can send the registration/ reservation form to the ECNAIS secretariat, Lexia Hulst at The invoice will be sent after we have received your registration/reservation form.


Thursday 19 April 2012
09.00 – 09.30 Welcome and registration
09.30 – 10.30 Opening of the Conference

  • welcome by the Slovak member association
  • welcome by the Slovak Ministry of Education
  • welcome by Simon Steen, chairman of ECNAIS

Address to the conference by a Slovak official (invited)

10.30 – 13.00 Keynote speaker
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Independent Schools (theoretical approach)
John Moravec, University of Minnesota
DebateKeynote speaker
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Independent Schools
(practical approach)
Anders Rasmussen, Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Young Enterprise
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Panel and dialog with young entrepreneurs
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee-break
16.30 – 17.30 20 minutes’ workshops with 6 young entrepreneurs
17.30 – 18.30 School visits’ preparation / working groups
19.30 Dinner at the hotel
Friday 20 April 2011
09.00 – 13.00 School visits
12.30 – 13.30 Return of participants to the hotel
13.30 – 14.30 Preparation of the presentations by the school visitors groups
14.30 – 15.30 School visits outcome / reflections on the theme
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee-break
16.00 – 17.30 Keynote speaker
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Independent Schools
(integrated vision on future developments)
Sabirul Islam
JCI 10 Outstanding Young Person’s of the World 2010
Future 100 Entrepreneur of the Year 2009Debate
17.30 – 18.00 Closure of the Conference
19.00 – 22.30 Official dinner at Restaurant Reduta
Saturday 21 April 2012
09.00 – 10.30 Formal Annual General Meeting and Management Committee Meeting
(open for members only)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee-break
11.00 – 13.00 Regional Meeting Central/Eastern Europe
(open for invited members)
13.30 Lunch (open for participants of the AGM/MCM and Regional Meeting )


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