Two works by young people from the Amazabal de Leitza and Toki Ona de Bera institutes were finalists among the 99 submitted by schoolchildren, between 10 and 16 years old, to the “Arnasetik” competition, whose objective is to encourage adolescents to reflect on language habits “arnasguneak” or municipalities in which Basque is the main language of social use.
The “Arnasetik” competition, organized by the Association of Municipalities of Euskaldune (UEMA), in collaboration with the Government of Navarre and the Basque Government and promoted by the Arnasa Gara program, is aimed at municipalities with a high density of Basque-speaking population and where Basque is the main language of social use.
The objective of this initiative is twofold: on the one hand, it seeks to stimulate creativity in Basque among the young people of these municipalities and, on the other hand, it proposes a reflection on the linguistic habits in their localities.
The competition has three age categories and the jobs required for each are different. In the 5th and 6th Primary Education category, the pupils had to think in a free format: drawing, verse, poem, video, song… the leap they take to move on to Compulsory Secondary Education. In fact, many of these municipalities are small towns whose students are forced to travel to educational centers in large cities to attend ESO, where they encounter other linguistic realities. At this level, 40 works have been presented.
Those who participated in the 1st and 2nd category of compulsory secondary education had to make a video-tutorial, taking as reference a recording by the young youtuber, Julen Portillo. At this level, 52 proposals were received.
Finally, young people from 3rd and 4th years of Compulsory Secondary Education were invited to complete a given video with the answers they would give to the protagonist’s questions. In this category 7 works were delivered.
List of finalists
In the category 5th and 6th year of primary education, the following works were finalists: “LHtik DBHra”, by Berriatua Eskola, in Berriatua, Vizcaya; “Errezildik Azpeitira”, from Errezilgo Eskola in Errezil, Gipuzkoa; “DBHko 1.go eguna”, from Bidania-Goiatz Eskola Txikiak in Bidania-Goiatz, Gipuzkoa and “Pasabideko kontuek”, from Karmelo Etxegarai Ikastola in Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa.
In the 1st and 2nd category of Compulsory Secondary Education, the finalists were “Ni naiz ni”, from the Amazabal Institutua de Leitza, Navarre; “Erromako zubiye-xe”, from Azpeitia ikastola, Gipuzkoa; “Art Attack”, from the ikastola of Usurbil, Gipuzkoa and “Zer dira arnasguneak?”, from Idiazabal, Gipuzkoa.
In the category of 3rd and 4th years of compulsory secondary education, the finalists were: “Sormen tailerra”, from the ikastola of Zarautz, Gipuzkoa; “Sormen tailerra 2”, from the ikastola of Zarautz, Gipuzkoa; “Arnasa hartu bideodeia”, from the ikastola of Tolosa, Gipuzkoa and “Minerva eta Mariloli”, from the Toki Ona Institutua of Bera, Navarre.
The award ceremony will take place on October 28 at Gurea Antzokia de Amasa-Villabona in Gipuzkoa, at 6:00 p.m. The best works in each category, as well as the public prize, will each receive a prize worth 500 euros, redeemable for tickets to Irrisarri Land, in the virtual store of the Durango Book Fair or in merchandising of the EITB series Goazen! or Iraqi art!
In addition to the awards ceremony, Gurea Antzokia will host other activities, including a musical performance by Sara Alonso.