Objectives & Aims
ECNAIS Supports and pursues the values embedded in a democratic approach to pluralism in the national educational systems, and the respect of the parental choice.
- PROMOTES the interests of all kinds of Independent education, confessional and lay, whose principles conform to those set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- DEVELOPS political statements that promote the understanding of the values of the independent sector, and improve their acceptance and financial support in national legislation.
- TARGETS policy makers at an international level by representing the Independent sector at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, The Commission of the European Union and other international organisations, on matters of common concern,
based on an agreed programme.
- ASSISTS current and potential members in their efforts to promote the understanding of the value of a democratic attitude in a plural society.
ECNAIS is a non-political, non-confessional, international association for collaboration between national associations of independent schools in European countries.
ECNAIS was founded in 1988 and registered as a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital under the English Companies Act (nº 2492855). Its central office was in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2018, ECNAIS was re-established under Finnish law: registry nr. 222.864. With central office at Fredrikinkatu 61 A, 3 krs., FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland.
Its principal objectives are:
- To bring together national associations of independent schools in European countries.
- To assist its members in promoting understanding of the rights of pluralism in the national systems, of education and of parental choice of education for their children and of the vital role of independent schools in a modern democratic society.
- To further the interests of all kinds of independent education, confessional and lay, whose principles conform to those set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- When so requested, to make agreed representation to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Union Commission and other international organisations on matters of joint concern.
To achieve these objectifs, ECNAIS takes the appropriate actions in accord with the respective needs and opportunities, and within the framework of the European Commission’s and other Programmes, when possible.
Membership is open as of a right to any national association of independent schools whose statutes accord with the objectives set out above and whose members, whether subsidised or not by state funds, do not form part of the public sector of education.
Associate or corresponding membership is open to other national or international bodies or associations which share the same objectives.
The General Meeting is the supreme organ of the Association, while a Management Committee manages its affairs. The day-to-day conduct of the Association’s business is the responsibility of the Officers: the Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer.
In accordance with the Statutes, and the decisions made by the Associations, the most important and urgent aims for the time being are:
- Collaboration between national associations of
- To function as a network of National Associations
- To exchange ideas and information.
- To hold meetings at which to discuss new initiatives
in order to strength the European dimension in independent schools.
- To provide information about European education and to disseminate more knowledge about different educational systems.
- To assist the establishment of E.U. educational projects.
- To help mobility and network for teachers, students and educational personnel.
- Coordination of National Associations of Independent Schools.
- To monitor the changing trends towards the Independent Schools in the different European countries.
- To monitor the political environment with regard to the Independent Schools in European countries.
- To discuss different educational solutions.
- To audit both governmental and parliamentary documents.
- To support EU education organisations.
- To promote understanding of the rights of pluralism in the national systems of education.
- To be a Forum for working together to establish a common understanding of freedom of education as well as of parental choice.
- To illuminate public opinion and the EU instances regarding freedom of education and freedom of parental choice.
- To promote understanding of the rights of parental
- To promote understanding of the vital role of independent schools in a modern democratic society.
- To further the interest of a all kinds of independent education whose principles conform to those set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- To be a source of contacts for other European countries (Western, Central and Eastern Europe).
- To be a meeting point with other National Associations of Independent Schools that share the same principles of freedom of education and freedom of parental choice.
- To make agreed representation to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Union authorities.