THE INTERNATIONAL BASQUE LANGUAGE DAY




  DECEMBER 2018
As our next subject is the language as a cultural heritage and today we celebrate a special day for our language. We would like you to know a bit about our language:
The International Day of the Basque Language (one of the few surviving pre-Indo-European languages) is celebrated on December 3.
Basque Language Day was instituted in 1948 by the Society for Basque Studies. December 3 was chosen to honor Saint Francis Xavier, whose feast day is celebrated on this date. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary from Navarre. According to legend, his last words before passing away were in Basque, as it was Xavier's mother tongue.
This year a project called Euskaraldia has been promoted by several associations dedicated to the promotion of Euskara ( Basque Language) that for 11 days will invite participants to take the role of Ahobizi or Belarriprest. Ahobizi are those people who speak in Basque with everyone who understands the language and speak to strangers using, at least, the first word in Basque. On the other hand, Belarriprest are those people who at least understand Basque and who invite the rest to address them in this language.
Elexalde bhi takes part in the celebrations of both the International Day of the Basque Language and Euskaraldia.

We will soon teach you a few words in Basque, every week oneon Instagram!!!! 

OUR COORDINATOR INVITED AS SPEAKER IN ERASMUS+


 


On 28th November 2018, the presentation of 2019-20 Erasmus+ projects took place in Donosti.
The coordinator Gemma Gutierrez took part in it as speaker, answering some questions asked by Conchi Bergera  and Octavio Martinez ( from Sepie National Agency). The questions were related to the presentation of the project, the choice of partner, the reason of presenting the project, the implication of the school management staff, the impact of the project and its sustainability. She animated the attendants to participate in Erasmus+.
             
While she was talking, the project was on a screen so that the attendants could see what it is about. They were also informed where they could also consult the project in detail, in case they will be interested.
It has been a very good opportunity to disseminate the project to the Basque school community as well as share experiences which has been a big support to continue working and be of help for newcomers as we were last year.




UNFORGETABLE VISIT TO THE RADIO (27th November)


 

It has been the first time for all of us on the radio, so we have felt a mixture of emotion, anxiety and nervousness. Students are excited about it. We don't  know what to expect!

Today we have been interviewed on the radio" Bizkaia Irratia". The coordinator Gemma Gutierrez and three students Mei Torres, Ane Aguirre and Ibon Fernandez from the project Erasmus+ have been asked about the project " Discover and share your identity mark"

The first question has been about Erasmus+. They knew about Erasmus at university, but they didn't know that there was an Erasmus + at schools. The coordinator Gemma GutiƩrrez has explained how two or more European schools decide to present a project and then, there is some criteria to decide which project will be chosen and how our project was selected and the decision of working on Basque and Greek heritage.

They have also wanted to know why our choice was Greece and Gemma has explained that the Latin teacher knew a school in Greece which was interested in taking part in it so we presented the project together.

They have also been interested about the mobilities the project includes. First, I have explained the teachers' mobilities and then the students' ones. I have described the purpose of our visit to Greece and what Greek teachers will do in our school. I have also pointed out the importance of students' implications in the project.

Besides, they have asked us about the activities we have been done and our students have explained to them the logo competition, the Basque sports activities and have insisted that we are at the beginning of the project and there will be more activities to be carried out.

They have wanted to know what our students knew about Katerini and Greece and they have told them that Katerini is in Mount Olympus and have said a few words they have learnt in Greek.

We have promised them that we will come back after the students' mobilities and at the  end of the project.


Here our students  comments on it.

"It has been very funny and I won't forget easily and a good opportunity to talk about the project"
"At the beginning I was very nervous but then I like it , it has been a good opporty to talk about the project"
"Very good experience and besides, I have said a few words in Greek"
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