More training and funding for Family Life Educators

A foundational course for family life education has been developed by an expert panel to help volunteers develop the expertise to facilitate workshops on topics such as marriage and parenting. Over the next three years, up to 150 volunteers will be trained. This is part of efforts to cultivate a pro-family environment in the community by providing more and better family life programmes and resources for families.

At the inaugural family life education conference held for some 300 family life educators and volunteers on Thursday, Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling also announced funding schemes to strengthen the sector.

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.

Said Ms Low: "The pressures of today's modern world make it even more crucial for us to support the important role families play in our society. Families matter to Singaporeans and we will make every effort to help families thrive."