International Confederation of Principals

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The International Confederation of Principals (ICP) is a global association of school leadership organisations.

ICP was founded in 1991, and operates through a council with up to three delegates from each member organisation. This meets three times in a two-year period. Council elects an executive committee to work with and support the elected president of ICP, an executive secretary services both executive and council. ICP has over 40 members, each member being a major independent organisation that supports the professional development and work of school leaders. The ICP represents school leaders across five continents; it is non-political and non-sectarian and gives a powerful international voice to school principals. Membership is open to any organisation of school leaders whose constitution contains nothing contrary to the constitution of the ICP.

The ICP Constitution has the following major goals:

  1. Encourage closer relationships between school leaders of all nations;
  2. Promote and enhance the image and professionalism of school leaders;
  3. Promote the exchange of people and professional publications among the constituent groups and encourage participation in meetings and conferences across national boundaries;
  4. Foster school curricula that encourages international understanding and goodwill, and a respect for the human rights and dignity across all races and cultures;
  5. Promote the right and responsibilities of school leaders, and also their professional organisations, and the material and ethical interests of the education profession;
  6. Promote and encourage equal opportunities for all young persons to learn and develop to their fullest potential in achieving a respectable and productive quality of life;
  7. Develop a program of activities consistent with the purposes of the organisation.

ICP holds a biennial international convention drawing together school principals from all over the world for dialogue and professional development.

Previous conventions were held in the following locations:


The current President is Mr. Ari Pokka, Finland, and the Executive Secretary is Ms Sheree Vertigan.

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