Almost one in two pupils of nursery and primary schools in the Basque Country follows a Basque language education, and enrollment requests are swelling for the next school year. Just like the concerns for those responsible for the associative sectors of ikastola (Seaska), private denominational or public establishments: what staff, what premises, what funding? The proposed law “heritage protection and promotion of regional languages” which is examined at second reading in the National Assembly on Thursday April 8, could partly respond to it.
Embracing the concerns of elected officials from the Basque Country as well as those of their colleagues from Corsica, Brittany, Alsace or overseas, parliamentarians from the Basque Country support this text carried by Paul Molac, deputy (Liberties and territories) of the fourth constituency of Morbihan. “Upstream, an open, peaceful debate took place in the Senate, traces Max Brisson, Senator Les Républicains (LR) of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. This intergroup work intends to give a little solidity to systems around often fragile regional languages. This is the case for the necessary development in my eyes of immersive education in the public which must comply with the Constitution. “
Immersive training is done in a single language (in this case, a regional language), French is introduced gradually and the child is bilingual at the end of primary school: this is how the Diwan schools in Brittany, the calendretas in Occitanie and the ikastola in the Basque Country.
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“For nearly fifty years, elected officials, mayors and parents have been calling for the development of the Basque language here, abounds Vincent Bru, deputy (MoDem) of the Basque coast. And today, municipalities of all tendencies are supporting this growth. There was bilingual signage and, above all, in-depth work via the Public Office for the Basque Language. “ This tool, born in 2004, brings together the State, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and the Basque Country Community to formulate and apply a language policy. “The Basque Country is ahead, continues the parliamentarian, but often these are only still fragile experiments. Yet 41% of pupils in nursery and elementary schools now have lessons in the Basque language, ie 3,700 children ”.
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