22 people attended the IV Etxepare Institute Readers’ Conference. At the meeting

They teach Basque language and culture, like many others who did not attend, at 36 universities in 19 countries

Wednesday 21 July 2021, 18:36

Through the Etxepare Basque Institute, 22 people from a network of readers who teach Basque language and culture at 36 universities in 19 countries met this Wednesday at the Tabakalera Readers’ Meeting in San Sebastian to assess the year and reflect on future challenges.

In addition to the readers, Bingen Zupiria, spokesperson for the Basque Government and Minister of Culture and Language Policy, Irene Larraza, Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Garbiñe Iztueta, Director of Basque Language Promotion and Dissemination at Etxepare, and Lorea Hernández, reading network technician.

In this annual meeting, as in previous editions, the participants had a program of talks and group dynamics. To begin with, Zupiria and Larraza greeted all the readers, thanking them for their “outstanding work in this difficult year”.

After sharing last year’s experiences, Garbiñe Iztueta took the floor to summarize this year’s course and the main lines of work for the coming year. He noted, among other things, that five new readers will start working on lectureships next school year and are working on new agreements with universities in the US and Wales.

Participants also assessed the summer course in Excellence in Basque Studies, which was generally positive, and then reflected on the Euskara Munduan program.

Technician Lorea Hernández then led a group dynamic between readers to share experiences and discuss with readers about next year’s challenges. The last to take the floor were the readers themselves, who had the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and comment. After lunch, they had a workshop by the AIKO dance group led by Sabin Bikand, closing the day’s program.

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