Vitoria-Gasteiz. According to the note published by the Basque Government, a budget item of 234,000 Euros was approved by the Government’s Council this Tuesday to financially support Basque clubs in Euskera instruction abroad. Through these grants, channeled through HABE, Basque clubs will provide Basque classes as part of the Euskara Munduan program from October 2017 through September 2018.
HABE (Institute for Literacy and Adult Re-euskaldunization), is part of the Department of Culture and Linguistic Policy, and among its other functions, is responsible for the promotion and instruction of Euskera in Basque clubs in the Diaspora. This organism contributes in three different areas in order to meet its goals:
- Teacher training: To consolidate the continuity of Basque language instruction in Basque clubs, including different plans depending on human resources. There are three different plans for teacher training: in Europe, North America and South America.
- Teaching materials: Part of the grants supported by the Basque Government through HABE are dedicated to the acquisition of teaching materials. In this way, and through these grants, online programs like Boga are facilitated, as well as the Aisa program for beginning students, along with materials in Ikasbil, or existing classroom material.
- Grant supporting teaching hours: Part of the grant is also aimed at supporting teachers in each Basque club.
HABE, has 31 agreements of collaboration with 28 Basque clubs and 3 Basque club federations around the world. Through these agreements, classes are taught between 75-80 clubs (there are nearly 190 worldwide). More than 2,000 adult students are learning Basque at clubs around the world thanks to this program that will shortly be transferred to become part of the Etxepare Basque Institute.
The idea for this program came from Argentinan Euskaraz (Basque in Argentina) that began in 1989. Ten years later, the project was extended to other clubs around the world giving rise to the current Euskara Munduan program.