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More Training and Funding Support for Family Life Educators Launched at Inaugural Family Life Conference

More Training and Funding Support for Family Life Educators Launched at Inaugural Family Life Conference

Published On
10 Oct 2013

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 (please refer to Annex A for details on the expert panel). The course will commence in January 2014, and is now open for registration. Course fees will be subsidised by the MSF. Please see details of the foundation course in Annex B.

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% 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. Please see details of the funding schemes in Annex C

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. 

Brought to you by FamilyMatters!
FamilyMatters! is a multi-stakeholder movement launched by MSF in April 2013 to nurture a pro-family environment in Singapore, and empower Singaporean families with relevant skills and knowledge at different life stages, so all can have a happy and fulfilling family life.

Annex A


Ms Dawn Cassidy

Ms Dawn Cassidy, a Certified Family Life Educator, is the Director of Education for the National Council on Family Relations, United States, where she administers the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program. She has a M.Ed. in Work, Family, and Community Education from the University of Minnesota. She is co-author with Lane Powell, Ph.D., CFLE, of “Family Life Education: Working with Families across the Lifespan”, the first undergraduate textbook focused specifically on family life education. She and Carol Darling, Ph.D., CFLE, of Florida State University, are currently working on a third edition due out in 2014.

Professor Lin Ju-Ping

A professor at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in National Taiwan Normal University, Professor Lin Ju-Ping holds a Ph.D in Family Sociology, a Masters of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education. Her research and teaching interests are centred on Intergenerational Relations, Grandparents-Grandchildren Relation and Family Life Education, Marriage Education, and Rural Extension Education. She has clinched many honours and awards for her academic contributions in these areas.

A/P Ngiam Tee Liang

An Associate Professorial Fellow at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, A/P Ngiam Tee Liang was formerly the Department Head and a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in Singapore. He holds a Ph.D. (Social Welfare) from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.Sc. (Econs) in Social Planning from the University College of Swansea (Wales), and a B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Social Work and Sociology from the former University of Singapore. He has researched and written on various social policy and planning issues, including the Singapore welfare system, human security, family, ageing, youth and disability.

Mr Arthur Ling

Deputy Director of Fei Yue Community Services, Mr Arthur Ling is a trained social worker in Family and Marital Therapy, and has a Masters in Applied Psychology. He is in charge of developing the family life education programmes of Fei Yue Community Services and has 20 years of experience in counselling, facilitating parenting groups, and conducting marital programmes.  He is also often invited by other social service organisations as a resource speaker and trainer to conduct counselling training and talks.

Mrs V. Sarojini 

A popular parenting facilitator and trainer, Mrs V. Sarojini is passionate about educating parents on healthy parenting skills and maintaining a happy marriage. She is currently Senior Director at Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and holds a Masters of Business Administration with specialisation in Training and Development. She has also completed the Parent Facilitator Training under the School Family Education Programme (now called Family Matters@School Programme administered by MSF) and has obtained the Diploma in Family Life Education, conferred by the Lee Community College.

Ms Fazlinda Faroo

Currently the Centre Manager at PPIS Vista Sakinah, Centre for Remarriages and Stepfamilies, Ms Fazlinda Faroo is a practitioner and researcher with 20 years of experience in working with families and youths in the community. She is also a certified Narrative Therapist and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (Monash University), a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Research (Sociology) and a Honours’ degree in Social Work and Psychology (National University of Singapore). Her passion lies in programme development, training and research in the social service sector, with specialist expertise in the area of grief, loss, remarriage and stepfamily. Ms Fazlinda also specialises in therapeutic work with the Malay and Muslim communities.



Course Description

Family Life Education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The goal of Family Life Education is to teach knowledge and skills to enable individuals and families to enhance their family life.

This course is designed to provide participants with basic core skills and knowledge to co-facilitate Family Life Education programmes. The course will also provide participants both theory and practice, as well as opportunity to work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations that run Family Life Education programmes.

Who should attend

This course is designed for those with passion and interest in working with families and would like to enhance their knowledge and skills in Family Life Education (FLE).

Min. Entry Requirements

  • 3 GCE 'O' Levels or above including English
  • Above 21 years old
  • For those who do not meet any one of the criteria but are keen or passionate to promote Family Life Education may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Course Details

Duration:45 hours

Training schedule: Refer to AHD website (

Training Provider:
Academy of Human Development Pte Ltd
43 Middle Road, #03-00, Boon Sing Building
Singapore 188952 

Fee $60/participant
Trainers The trainers are qualified Family Life Educators with many years of experience conducting FLE programmes
Registration For enquiries, please call AHD at 6593 5286 or visit their website at




The BuildingCapabilityforFamilyMatters funding scheme supports projects that seek to enhance the capability of the Family Life Education sector in Singapore through the following.

Eligible Projects Funding

Content Development

  • Development and production of for-sale and not-for-sale family resource materials targeted at individuals at different life stages on topics such as family values, personal work life effectiveness, marriage, fertility and parenthood and parenting;
  • Development of family life education content for use on websites, TV, radio, print media and social media platforms; and
  • Development of content/curriculum for new family life education programmes.
  • All content must be developed by subject matter experts
  • MSF will provide co-funding of 80% of the approved budget, or actual expenditure, whichever is lower
  • Organisation of training courses, train-the-trainer workshops, conferences and higher education programmes on topics that are related to Family Life Education;
  • All training programmes must be directly relevant to Family Life Education.
  • MSF will assess applications based on the relevance and value of the training to the Family Life Education sector, quality of training content and delivery and experience and expertise of trainers.
  • MSF will provide co-funding of 80% of the approved budget, or actual expenditure, whichever is lower, capped at $500 per participant.
  • Research projects that promote the understanding of issues affecting mainstream families in Singapore, and inform the development of Family Life Education policies and programmes.
  • MSF will assess applications based on the project relevance, strength of research methodology and experience of the research team.
  • MSF will provide co-funding of up to 70% of the approved budget, or actual expenditure, whichever is lower, capped at $50,000. An additional 10% support will be granted for research collaboration between voluntary welfare organisations and / or non-profit organisations.


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