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Third volume of Kadazan flash cards launched

21 February 2024

By Wartawan Nabalu News

PENAMPANG: The third Volume of the Kadazan Flash Cards application was launched in conjunction with the International Mother Language Day 2024 here today.

The launch was carried out by Penampang Member of Parliament Datuk Ewon Benedick online at J Borneo Like Kawi.

In his message Ewon who is also the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative (MEDC)

said the mother tongue should be dignified on the world stage, while harmonising voices in the International Decade of Indigenous Languages as recognized by UNESCO.

" According to UNESCO, 40% of the world's population do not have access to education in their native language. This situation poses a significant challenge to the inclusivity of education and the preservation of linguistic diversity," he said.

"In my opinion, in addition to our mother tongue, we must master our national language and at least one international language."

He also said native language students are very fortunate to have materials that can assist their learning.

Since its introduction in 2018, the Kadazan Flash Cards application has become an effective medium for cultivating an interest in learning the Kadazan language among our youth, he shared.

Starting with the basics of the language enriched with illustrations and pronunciations in the First Volume, progressing to more interactive lessons in the Second Volume, this application has evolved with the times, he said adding that the Third Volume goes even further by adding new categories and more complex expressions, enhancing the ability of this application to meet the increasing learning needs and ensuring that the Kadazan language remains relevant in the 21st century.

Such applications are tools for preserving the language that not only teach but also revive our heritage in an engaging digital format, he said adding that the Kadazandusun Language Foundation (KLF) is commended for this progressive effort.

He expressed his hope that the launch will sow the seeds to ensure the preservation of the language and culture in the future.


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