More training and funding for Family Life Educators

More training and funding for Family Life Educators

Non-profit organisations will be able to get up to 80 per cent co-funding when they develop new family life education resources or when they carry out training and research that is aimed at improving the quality of family life. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development said it was setting aside $40 million over the next three years to better support families.

Get the full story from The Straits Times.

Here is the press release from the Ministry of Social and Family Development in full:

Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, Ms Low Yen Ling, announced a suite of initiatives to enhance the capabilities of family life educators at the inaugural Family Life Education (FLE) Conference 2013 today. For a start, up to 150 volunteers will be trained over the next 3 years to help co-facilitate FLE programmes in schools and the community. Ms Low also announced funding schemes and more training platforms aimed to strengthen the FLE sector to provide quality FLE programmes and resources for families.

Ms Low shared, "Families are the heart of our nation. They are the lifeblood for our country's growth and future. It takes hard work to maintain strong and healthy families. The pressures of today's modern world make it even more crucial for us to support the important role families play in our society. That's why MSF is boosting the knowledge and expertise of Family Life Educators to assist and nurture families. In addition, non-profit organisations can tap on MSF funding to improve their family life education content, research and training. Families matter to Singaporeans and we will make every effort to help families thrive."

The foundation course in Family Life Education will provide participants with core skills and knowledge to help facilitate FLE workshops on topics such as marriage and parenting. The 45-hour course will provide an overview of FLE theories and methodology, and was developed under the guidance of an expert panel, comprising overseas and local thought leaders in Family Life Education. The course will commence in January 2014, and is now open for registration. Course fees will be subsidised by the MSF.

In addition, MSF will provide not-for-profit organisations with better funding support for training, research and content development. These organisations can now expect up to 80 per cent co-funding from the Ministry for the development of new FLE content, and to carry out training and research that promote the understanding of FLE in Singapore. The new funding schemes will take effect immediately.

During the conference, over 300 family life educators and volunteers had the opportunity to learn from renowned overseas experts parenting during the adolescent years, and were also introduced to Signposts, an evidence-based parenting programme. Family Life Educators can also look forward to more training opportunities, especially in evidence-based family programmes.

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