- In strengthening marriages among the Malay Muslim community, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) adopts various strategies including public education, capability building and collaborative partnerships in delivering upstream efforts.
- The Marriage Preparation Programme (MPP) is one of the Ministry’s upstream efforts to build family resilience. To ensure relevance, MSF conducted an intensive 3-phase review of its MPP for Muslim couples known as Bersama Mu MPP. The enhanced curriculum named Cinta Abadi Marriage of a Lifetime MPP was rolled out in January 2014.
- Supported by ROMM and MUIS, the Cinta Abadi MPP is offered in Malay and English by 24 operators comprising mosques, community clubs and private operators.
- From January to December 2014, a total of 2,660 participants attended Cinta Abadi MPP.
- More than 90% of the participants agreed that the MPP met their expectations and rated the contents as ‘Very Good’ and ‘Very Relevant’. Common topics frequently cited as beneficial by the participants include visioning, managing finances, knowing their partners and managing relationship with in-laws.
Cinta Abadi Marriage Preparation Programme
- Cinta Abadi MPP aims to expand the couples’ paradigm of marriage – from being solely couple-focused to community-focused, within the modern day Singapore context.
- Marriage is discussed as a journey where couples will face various challenges at different phases, needingconstant negotiation and collaboration as well as continuous learning to equip self with relevant and up-to-date knowledge to manage issues effectively as they arise.
- The central themes that cut across different modules also emphasise on the need to proactively develop and maintain healthy relationships and strong support networks/lifelines.
- Through contextualised, experiential learning activities, couples undergo simulated decision-making activities and are facilitated to think through important issues before embarking on marriage.
Enhancing Cinta Abadi MPP Delivery Standard
Quality assessment on MPP delivery
Capability Building of Cinta Abadi MPP Educators
- With the implementation of Cinta Abadi in January 2014, MSF appointed Mendaki SENSE to administer the enhanced MPP.
- As part of the effort to elevate the service standard delivery, MSF, in collaboration with Mendaki SENSE,established an audit process to ensure quality standard of the MPP delivery.
- To further strengthen the capability of the Cinta Abadi MPP educators, MSF, in collaboration with Mendaki SENSE, also initiated Cinta Abadi Network Sessions as a platform to equip Cinta Abadi educators with relevant skills and knowledge as well as share best practices.
- Topics included methods and approaches in adult education, sharing on community resources as well as trends and challenges faced by Malay-Muslim couples today.
- Two Network Sessions were organised on 22 April and 2 October 2014. More than 90% of the educators found the sharing useful and provided them with relevant knowledge and skills that could be applied in the delivery ofCinta Abadi MPP.
- The third run of the Network Session on 26 Feb 2015 will emphasise the need for continuous learning and upgrading for the Cinta Abadi MPP educators.
- To enhance their competencies, MSF has developed a competency framework that mapped out the competencies required for marriage educators to achieve effective and impactful outcomes through their facilitation and delivery.
- The framework also serves as a tool for educators to assess their own competency levels, identify knowledge areas to develop, and relevant capability efforts to undertake.