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UPSI LAUDS EFFORT TO PROVIDE VIRTUAL SPACE FOR KADAZANDUSUN LANGUAGE LEARNING


Dr Rosliah conveys her speech during the MoU signing ceremony.

1 April 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News


KOTA KINABALU: The Nabalu News portal took the lead by creating a virtual Kadazandusun language learning space for wider and more comprehensive coverage, said Dr Rosliah Kiting, Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Language and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).


The joint effort between Nabalu News and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) to provide the special space will also strengthen the Kadazandusun language education programme without border in accordance with the current digital learning pattern.


“My choice to represent UPSI for the Kadazandusun Language Programme by Nabalu News portal as a partner to the succeeding of the Let's Learn Kadazandusun Language programme is a recognition of this ethnic language study.

"Besides that, it is an effort to realise the concept of UPSI's 3R (Referred, Relevant and Respected) as the main reference related to education in the Asian region," she said while delivering her speech during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Nabalu News and UPSI held at the Sutera Harbour Golf Club here, today.

Dr Rosliah (left) together with Marryan (middle) and Rowindy in a group.

The brief ceremony was witnessed by UPKO Vice President cum Kadamaian State Assemblyman Datuk Ewon Benedick and attended by Nabalu News General Manager, Rowindy Lawrence; Nabalu News Editor-in-Chief, Marryan Razan; as well as Kadazandusun Language Foundation Advisor, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and Chairman, Datuk Philip Lasimbang.


According to Dr Rosliah, UPSI is in charge of designing virtual education programmes, providing linguistic expertise and consulting services, and reviewing the content of the programme uploaded in the Nabalu News portal.

“Now the learning of the Kadazandusun language is easier to achieve through the virtual publication of Nabalu News which bears the need of the community, which is the preservation of the mother tongue.

“Issues related to the hotly-debated frail literacy in the native tongue among the younger generation are not new and have been raised for a long time and are always hotly debated.

"Therefore, I commend the efforts of Nabalu News which has taken the lead in creating a virtual Kadazandusun language learning space so that its coverage is wider and more comprehensive," she said.

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