the ikastola of Saint-Jean-de-Luz launches the French adventure of TxikiLinux

Asked about this mini digital revolution, the director of the ikastola Donibaneko, Unai Villacorta, thus refers for more explanations to the head of the IT commission of the small immersive school in Luzienne. “I don’t really have any merit, I was the only candidate”, relays him with a smile Eder Etxebarria.

“Adapted to the North”

Packed by TxikiLinux, this dad from Biscay evokes a tool developed via free Linux software launched successfully in 2019 within the ikastola Harrobia, in Bilbao. It describes more broadly a project with a social aim, with, in parallel, the creation of an association (Etkartenet) which works to give a second life to computers for schools or children from underprivileged families. An association with which he worked actively this winter to launch “a version adapted to the north”.

The design of this variation which adopts in its new codes the landscape of the Rhune and the logo of the ikastola took about two months. It was necessary to integrate the model of the Azerty keyboard, different from that of the south (Qwerty). “We also had to take into account that here the second language is French”, extends this parent of a student who fell under the spell (“in love”, he says) with the Linux universe at the time of confinement. “Before, I didn’t know anything about it”, he notes, ensuring “an easy grip”.

“We are paving the way”

The Txikilinux version Donibaneko very concretely offers a hundred “games” which allow you to acquire skills in many fields (mathematics, history-geo, languages, logic, etc.). “The other great advantage is that it is possible to install it at home. As a result, it allows both to develop the practice of computers within the ikastola and to bring Basque into the families”, continues the school director.

Aware that learning happens more and more through screens, Unai Villacorta is all the more satisfied with this copy-paste from Bilbao since the Luzian ikastola does not have large computer resources, and no large resources at all. But the installation of Txikilinux cost “only 15 euros per computer”, he notes.

It allows both to develop the practice of computers within the ikastola and to introduce Basque into families.

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