The President of the Basque Government received 11 individuals from the Diaspora today who are studying Basque through the Etxepare Euskal Institutua

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President of the Basque Government Iñigo Urkullu received 11 individuals from the Basque diaspora from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay today at the Presidency of the Government. Also participating in the reception were the Minister of Culture and Linguistic Policy, Bingen Zupiria, and the Spokesperson for the Basque Government, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Marian Elorza, and the director of the Etxepare Euskal Institutua, Irene Larraza.

Through the Etxepare Euskal Institutua's Euskara Munduan programme, the 11 people from the diaspora spent one month at the barnetigi Maizpide in Lazkao. The group began learning Basque from scratch in 2013 and, for the first time after learning all these years, they conducted an intensive, immersive course in an euskaldun context. They will now be teaching Basque classes in the euskal etxeaks of their cities of origin. The objective of their stay in Lazkao was to go up a level in Basque: those with B2 did C1, and those with B1, B2.

Etxepare Euskal Institutua promotes knowledge of Basque for Basque collectives all around the world with the Euskara Munduan programme. Approximately 2,000 people are learning Basque all around the world, through courses at Basque centres supported by Etxepare Euskal Institutua. Moreover, nearly 1,900 more people will be taking Basque classes through the lectureship programmes that the Institute promotes at 35 international universities.