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.

It is time to try to look beyond tomorrow. It is quite obvious that digitalization will overcome also on our field. How will it change schools, especially in the independent education sector? Students and pupils still value learning in groups, with a teacher present. However, how will this change if the techniques will make it possible to produce MOOCs that are even more efficient or other new applications appear for teaching? Will the audience in the classroom vote with their feet?

During our two-day ECNAIS seminar in Madrid, we have an opportunity to discuss the present and create a vision for tomorrow. Is there a way to get ready for changes, still unknown?

As in the previous ECNAIS conference in Istanbul, students are offered an active role also this time. ECNAIS has sent an invitation to member associations in order to bring the voice of the younger generation to our seminar. Giving a versatile perspective on the agenda according to their background in different national educational systems, we are expecting to create a solid base for debate in the Madrid-seminar.


Sunday 24th November | Venue: Hotel Weare Chamartain Madrid
16:00 / 19:00 ECNAIS GM – Open to MC members only
Monday 25th November | Venue: The office of European Parliament in Spain
8:30 Registration
9:15 Bus to the Venue 
10:00 Opening session
  • Welcome by EU representant
  • Welcome by Fomento, CECE, Escuelas Católicas
  • Welcome by ECNAIS Chairman
10:45 This is Spain and Madrid

Students of Villanueva University

11:00 Spanish educational system
11:15 Alfredo Hernando
12:15 Coffee-break
12:45 Innovation in IT – practices at school

Round  table moderated by Gloria Gratacós (Delegate of Education)

  • Loli García García
  • Rodrigo Benito
13:45 Lunch
15:00 Schools’ IT practices and plans

Round table with schools

16:30 Sightseeing on the road to Hotel
19:30 Bus to the DINNER
20:00 Restaurante Samarkanda

Estacion de Atocha, Glorieta de Carlos V, S/n 28045 Madrid

22:45 Walk to the bus
23:00 Bus to hotel
Tuesday 26th November | Venues: Schools, Villanueva University
10:00 Travel to schools
10:30 School visit including lunch
14:00 Leaving the school for Villanueva University
15:00 Education in a technological world

Juan Pavón

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

15:45 ECNAIS comment: The Future of the education

Markku Moisala

Association of independent schools in Finland

Gökhan Yücel

Senior Advisor at the Turkish Ministry of Education

16:15 Students perspective to the future of the education – panel discussion
17:00 Closure of the seminar
17:30 Transport to hotel
18:00 Arrival Hotel


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Cover photo by Robin Hastings – Licence Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)