This year’s 5th edition of the seminar brings together educators, social service practitioners, academics and individuals with a shared mission to explore ways to better support Malay/Muslim families in nurturing resilient children.
The Seminar will share insights on contemporary child raising from the Islamic perspective, how to support families in navigating emerging challenges, discuss factors affecting Malay/Muslim families’ ability to nurture resilient children and our role as enablers. It hopes to draw inspiration from stories of resilience and reflect on existing practices and approaches.
Guest of Honour
Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister for Communications and Information,
Minister-in-Charge of Cyber Security and Muslim Affairs
Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim,
Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development
Date & Time
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
8.45am to 4.30pm
Concorde Hotel Singapore
Concorde Ballroom, 3rd Level
100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840
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Presentation 1: Raising Resilient Children in Islam: A Contemporary Perspective
by Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Director, Religious Policy & Development, MUIS
What are the present and future changes in life that present real challenges for Muslim families in raising resilient children? How different are the investments needed in contemporary child-raising, compared to yester-years? This presentation will focus on raising resilient children from a contemporary Islamic perspective. It will look at emerging challenges and the changing landscape of socio-religious life that have impacted the ways in which practitioners can work with and support Malay/Muslim families.
Presentation 2: Enhancing the achievement potential of the next generation: A sociological perspective and some recommendations
by Dr Tan Ern Ser, Assoc Professor, Department of Sociology, Institute of Policy Studies, NUS
How does the phenomena of social class and social reproduction influence families’ ability to nurture resilient children? How is social inequality produced and sustained? This presentation will focus on the resilience and risk factors that affect families’ ability to nurture and raise resilient children. It will also look at possible approaches to address the barriers and challenges families face.
Presentation 3: Support landscape and effective practices & approaches with Malay/Muslim families
by Ms Azlinah Arif, Assistant Director, Community Learning & Empowerment, Yayasan MENDAKI
This presentation will share the current mosaic of programmes by Yayasan MENDAKI for holistic development of MM children, and showcase stories of hope and inspiration through the child’s perspective. It will also discuss the effectiveness of intervention approaches in supporting MM families, and offer practical tips and ways to work effectively with MM families and help them achieve their aspirations.
DR NAZIRUDIN MOHD NASIR
Director, Religious Policy & Development, MUIS
Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir is currently Director of Religious and Policy Development at the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). He completed his D. Phil at St Cross College, Oxford, in the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions. Prior to that, he completed postgraduate work in comparative law at SOAS, London (MA with distinction), and the study of religion at Oxford (MSt). His first degree is in Islamic law from the Al-Azhar University, Cairo. Nazirudin has worked with the Fatwa Committee, and is a member of the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee.
DR TAN ERN SER
Assoc Professor, Department of Sociology, Institute of Policy Studies, NUS
Dr Tan Ern Ser is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sociology; Academic Convenor with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore. He is also part of the Social Lab at the Institute of Policy Studies. He received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University, USA. He is the author of “Does Class Matter?” (2004) and “Class and Social Orientations” (2015). He is also co-investigator of Asian Barometer-Singapore, World Values Survey-Singapore, and the Singapore Panel Study on Social Dynamics. Dr Tan has served as a research consultant to government ministries. He is a research advisor to the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and Chairman of the Housing Development Board's Research Advisory Panel. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2013.
MS AZLINAH ARIF
Assistant Director, Community Learning & Empowerment, Yayasan MENDAKI
Azlinah Arif received her Masters of Business from Victoria University of Technology, Australia. In Yayasan MENDAKI, Azlinah was given opportunities to interact with needy Malay/Muslim families and their children to progress in education. She appreciates the support of various partners coming together to make a difference in families.
Her work in Yayasan MENDAKI for the Volunteer Relations Department, Education Department, and present posting in the Community Learning and Empowerment Department has focused on the importance of nurturing relationships among individuals and organisations to further reshape the processes of educating and empowering individuals in the community. She also represents Yayasan MENDAKI as a member of the Coordinating Committee on Preventive Drug Education (COC) at CNB.
She believes leaders at all levels in their respective capacities play significant roles. In their own ways, they exude influence in various degrees on their organisation’s culture, the level of interactions among people, and eventually the organisation’s results. Married with two children, she enjoys taking walks and reading.
MEET OUR PANELLISTS
MS IDA IRYANEE NOORAMAN
General Manager, Social Service Office@ Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang and Chua Chu Kang
Ms Ida Iryanee Nooraman is the General Manager for the Social Service Offices (SSOs) at Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang and Chua Chu Kang. Prior to joining the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF), Ida has spent 10 years spearheading social development initiatives, primarily empowering low-income Muslim families under Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), a statutory body. She has also overseen the development of more than 500 community befrienders through the mosque network islandwide to provide supportive assistance to low-income families. Ida has also served on several national standing committees throughout her public service stint – Review Committee for BersamaMu Marriage Preparation Course (2012), Health Promotion in Malay Community Blueprint (2006/7) and International Year of Family Taskforce (2004).
MS SIA SEOW HONG
Lead Social Worker, @27 Family Service Centre
Seow Hong is a Lead Social Worker at @27 Family Service Centre, a programme by Montfort Care. Her 14 years of work experience in Family Service Centres includes work with individuals and families who face financial, marital, parenting, mental health, homelessness and family violence issues. She is also involved in the supervision and consultation of social work practitioners. Seow Hong believes that the families she works with are also her teachers. Their lessons of resilience despite their many setbacks and challenges continue to inspire her.
MS ANITA YAP
Principal Coach & Facilitator, Entheos LLP
Anita is an enthusiastic and lively learning facilitator and coach with a passion for enabling her participants to apply what they have learnt to their personal and professional lives. Participants who have experienced Anita’s workshops have described her as “inspiring”, “gifted storyteller” and “exuding passion and enthusiasm”. An energetic facilitator with international experience, Anita has worked with clients from Singapore, China, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Anita brings with her 15 years of professional experience in multinational and government organisations. Her corporate experience in Public Relations, Communications and Training has given her invaluable insights into working with different levels of employees and what helps people to create and accept change. Her areas of expertise include Leadership & Management Development, Facilitation Skills, Coaching & Mentoring, Change Management, Generative Conversations and Presentation Skills. Anita is also often engaged to design and facilitate management retreats, strategic planning meetings, team-building and focus group discussions for her clients. As a certified professional coach, Anita also provides executive coaching to her clients in the areas of leadership transitions, career planning, personal mastery and performance improvement.
Her personal interest and study in Servant Leadership and Facilitative Leadership has also led her to present at conferences such as the Creating Great Places to Work Conference, The Servant Leadership Annual Conference (Asia) and International Association of Facilitators Asia Conference and HR Exchange Conference (Singapore).
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