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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Annual General Meeting | Conferences

The meaning of Lifelong Learning for Civil Society and its impact on Independent Schools

Mallorca, Spain | 10 - 12 April 2014

“ The 2014 European elections will provide the right moment to think about the future of learning in Europe ”.

This is the opening statement of the manifesto ‘Building together the future of learning‘ of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL).

The acknowledgement of the role played by European organizations in education and training by implementing an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society is one of the priorities mentioned in this manifesto.

By choosing Lifelong Learning as key element in the theme of her 26th annual conference ECNAIS wants to express her willingness to participate actively in the ongoing dialogue about the future of learning in Europe.

How can we find the right balance between the modern demands to education from the more and more international orientated labour market and the growing importance of civic and social participation with respect for the parent’s rights to raise their children in correspondence with their personal convictions and pedagogical values?

As representatives of a vital part of Europe’s civil society ECNAIS wants to clarify the contribution of independent schools to the diversity in each national education system.

Sharing knowledge and experience from the everyday school life and as well from the policy level can lead to a better understanding of how to connect the ideals of Lifelong Learning with the pedagogical values and culture of independent schools.

AGM/ MCM meeting

The formal Annual General Meeting and round table (open for members only) will take place on
Saturday 12 April 2014 from 09H00 till 12H00.

The AGM and Conference will take place on Mallorca, Spain
in Hotel Riu Palace Bonanza Playa
Paseo de Illetas S/N
07181 Calviá (Illetas)
Mallorca, Spain


Registration can be done on line only, here:
It is very important that we receive your registration no later than 28 February 2014


Thursday 10 April 2014
08.00 – 08.30 ECNAIS registration in the lobby of the hotel
08.30 – 09.00 Bus transport to the Bellver Castle
09.30- 10.00 Opening of the conference
Bernat J. Alemany Ramis, President of Escola Catòlica de les Illes Balears
Simon Steen, chairman of ECNAIS
Mr. Isern, Mayor of the city op Palma de Mallorca
Mr. Bauzá, President of Balearic Islands government
10.00 – 10.30 Round tour Bellver Castle
10.30 – 11.00 Bus transport to the hotel
11.30 – 14.00 Continuation of the Conference
Simon Steen, chairman of ECNAIS
Antonio Bruyel, Director of the private University College of Tourism in Palma about Cultural historical background Balearic Islands
Etelberto Costa, Vice-president of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL)
dialogue with the audience included
14.00 – 16.00 Lunch
16.00 – 18.00 Ms Piret Tänav, Boardmember Estonian History Teacher Association and EUROCLIO ambassador
dialogue with the audience included
Ronald de Bruin, Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership Europe
dialogue with the audience included
18.00 – 18.30 Coffee break
18.30 – 19.30 Preparation of the school visits
(short overview Education system included)
20.30 Cocktail with representatives from schools
21.00 Dinner at the hotel
Friday 11 April 2014
09.00 – 12.00 School visits
12.30 Return to the hotel
12.30 – 14.00 Morten Løkkegaard, MEP, Vice Chair of Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament
dialogue with the audience included
14.00 – 16.00 Lunch
16.00 – 18.00 Lifelong Learning Experiences of ECNAIS members
Zsofia Bak, Hungary
Sofia Reis, Portugal
Roman Nebozhuk, Oksana Balakshyna, Ukraine
Jale Onur, Turkey
18.00 Closure of the Conference
21.00 Official Conference dinner at Restaurant Son Termens (
Saturday 12 April 2014
09.00 – 12.00 Formal Annual General Meeting/ Management Committee Meeting (open for members only)
The agenda follows separatelyEnd of meeting
Optional (by local transport. Costs not included in the conference fee)
11. 00 – 12.30 Visit to the Patios (for participants who don’t attend the AGM)
12.30 Visit to the Cathedral (for all open)


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