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Founded in 1988, ECNAIS is a non-political, non-confessional, international association for collaboration between national associations of independent schools in European countries.

ECNAIS encompasses 28 national associations representing 24.000 schools and 5.4 million pupils.

ECNAIS is recognized by the Council of Europe and the European Union Commission as a non-government organisation with constative status.

ECNAIS' 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.

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