Jahid with school staff and a parent-teacher association representative in a group photo with six students who received school leaving certificates at the ceremony.

TAMPARULI (February 19): Tadika Ceria Kadazandusun Kampung Tiong Monggis here, has become part of the history of Dusun language preservation in the world.

The state’s rural development minister, Datuk Jahid Jahim, said the school’s teachers and students are making history in a bid to elevate the prestige of the Dusun language in the world.

“Since its inception, Tadika Ceria Kadazandusun Kampung Tiong Monggis has made history as the only kindergarten in the world to provide basic Dusun language learning.

“The success of the alumni of this kindergarten to the next level also proves that the quality of basic learning in the school is comparable to other schools,” he said.

Jahid said this during the kindergarten certificate and award ceremony.

Jahid, who is also a Tamparuli assembly member, said the second district that will follow in the footsteps of a similar program is Kota Marudu.

“The goal is to preserve our mother tongue so that it does not disappear over time.

“We hope that these pure efforts to preserve the language and culture of Kadazandusun will continue forever,” he added.