Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Education Exchange with Nueva Vizcaya

Thanks to the Philippine Information Agency we learn about this initiative for teacher and student exchange between three higher educational centers in the province of Nueva Vizcaya in the Phillipines and a Basque university.

It is good to learn that the inhabitants of this province in Philippines are interested in learning more about Euskal Herria, where the original Bizkaia is located.

Here you have the note:

3 Nueva Vizcaya schools join twinning agreement with Spain

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (1 February) -- Three schools in the province have showed interest to join the provincial government’s initiative to forge a twinning agreement with Spain.

Jimmy Calata, chief of the Information Technology Division and coordinator for the project said the Saint Mary’s University, Nueva Vizcaya State University in Bayombong town and Aldersgate College in Solano town have unanimously agreed to adopt in principle the project.

“In fact, they are making clarifications if they can send students and teachers to avail of the University of Basque Country’s(UBC) other programs such as Spanish and Basque languages, teacher training, information and communications technology, business and economics and others,” Calata said.

He also said they have offered the accommodation of teachers and students who are interested to come in Nueva Vizcaya.

At present, UBC has expressed strong interest in environmental science and forestry.

Earlier, Nueva Vizcaya proposed a twinning agreement with Spain in terms of culture, education and economy among others. (PIA NVizcaya)

What I found even more important is the interest to get Euskara classes for the students in Nueva Vizcaya, this opens new spaces for development of the Basque language so threatened by Spain and France's linguistic policies.

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