The Basque language and culture readers and instructors working at universities around the world through the Etxepare Basque Institute gathered this morning at Tabakalera to evaluate the year and reflect on future challenges. Some of them attended in person, while others connected online.
Also attending the event were the Minister for Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria, the director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Irene Larraza, the director of Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language, Garbiñe Iztueta, the coordinator of the Euskara Munduan program, and the Readership technicians. The Readers meeting has been held annually since 2018, featuring scheduled talks and group dynamics activities. This year’s topics included the effort to move classes online in response to the COVID-19 virus, difficulties encountered along the way, solutions implemented, and the challenges for the coming years.
The Minister of Culture and Language Policy and the director of the Etxeapre Basque Institute opened the event by welcoming all the readers. Subsequently, the coordinator of the Euskara Munduan program, Kinku Zinkunegi, offered a practical workshop on an online platform for teaching Basque. The Euskara Munduan program, another branch of the Institute’s effort to teach Basque internationally, oversees Basque classes in Basque centers and associations around the world.
One of the technicians of the Institute´s Readership Network, Lorea Hernández, led the group dynamics activity in which the readers discussed the challenges of this year and the year to come. The readers in attendance were paired with readers joining online. The meeting wrapped up with Eneko Agirre, readership technician, and Garbiñe Iztueta, director of Promotion and Diffusion of the Basque language, who summarized the year and presented the challenges for the future.