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Friends of ELA Basel

Students smiling outside of a private international school in Basel

The Friends of ELA Basel (FELA) consists of parents and staff working together to support ELA Basel to achieve its mission of fostering a strong community.

FELA’s objectives are to support ELA Basel in providing the best possible all-round educational experience for the children who attend it.

Studens and parents watch a show

Specifically, FELA’s objectives are:

  • To provide and assist with opportunities to enhance the educational experience of the children.
  • To promote and extend the positive relationships between parents, staff, and children, and thus enhance the social wellbeing of the ELA Basel community.
  • To proactively look for opportunities that enables ELA Basel to be a positive contributor to its immediate and wider community.
  • Fundraising to support the above objectives.


In  2018 the FELA committee organised an International Day. Parents, children and staff from all areas of the organisation came together to enjoy a day filled with performances, games and an incredible international buffet.

In 2019 300 children, parents and staff enjoyed a sponsored walk in the Grün 80 Park with proceeds going to the school charities. 

In 2020/2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we had to cancel our planned festivities but we are hopeful that we will be able to plan another exciting event in the spring/summer of 2022.

From August 2021, FELA will be chaired by Christina Ovesen, an ELA Basel parent and Class Parent Representative since 2018.  If you would like to join FELA or have ideas for the development of our community, please reach out to Christina at the following email:

A Message from the Chair of the Friends of ELA

I am Christina Ovesen and I am very excited to be chairing Friends of ELA (FELA) during this school year. FELA is a group of volunteer parents and school staff further developing the strong home-school partnership and supporting the community building.

A Danish National, I was born and raised near Aarhus, Denmark and moved to Basel nearly 23 years ago together with my husband. Our daughter, soon to be 8, was born here in Switzerland and has been a student at ELA Basel since 2018. I believe that growing up in an international setting like Basel is a gift to any child, including multiple languages and cultures. I have always been very encouraged to see how ELA contributes to this.

Connecting with people of various cultures and being in an international environment is something I am extremely passionate about both professionally and privately and I enjoy making a difference. I am keen on FELA playing a role in supporting and welcoming new families and giving them and their children the best start. For existing families, FELA will hopefully continue to enhance the collaboration even more building on an already strong foundation. COVID restrictions permitting, I hope we can soon organise FELA events where I hope to meet many of you. Stay tuned for more information.

FELA encourages dedicated volunteers to join the team. It is great fun and a wonderful experience to be part of this community, to organize events and work with the inspirational FELA team and amazing parent volunteers and staff.