The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) hosted an appreciation lunch today for 169 schools on the School Family Education (SFE) programme. The schools were lauded for their outstanding efforts in enhancing the quality of family life of parents, staff and students by organizing at least 100 hours of family life education programmes in a year. Such efforts also include the setting up of a resource corner for parents to pick up family-related resources, and conducting regular sharing sessions for parents on common parenting challenges. The schools were presented with tokens of appreciation by Guest-of-Honour (GOH), Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Mdm Halimah Yacob.
2 Since its inception in 2002 with just 4 pilot schools, the number of schools on the SFE programme has increased to 257. Today, three in four schools are on the SFE programme. The programme has benefitted more than two million participants (mainly parents), providing them easy access to information, skills and resources that enhance the quality of their family life.
3 Mdm Halimah Yacob said, “The SFE programme constitutes an important part of our family education efforts. It is an important delivery channel in schools where parents are informed, equipped and empowered to perform their parental roles effectively. It is heartening to see robust growth of SFE over the past decade. The programme would not have been successful without the passion, commitment and hard work put in by SFE schools, coordinators, parent support groups and service providers. ”
4 SFE has made a positive impact on the quality of family life. According to a survey conducted in 2009 with over 7,000 participating parents, students, school staff and principals, 9 in 10 parents and school staff were satisfied with SFE programmes. 6 in 10 parents reported improvements such as better communication with family members after attending the programmes.
5 “Under the Ministry of Social and Family Development, we will strengthen our commitment to invest in the family and step up efforts in family education and strengthening. This includes reviewing and enhancing our current efforts in SFE. The SFE programme is now ten years old. It is timely for us to see how we can better reach out to families through SFE, and also empower the schools to run SFE programmes more effectively. Possible areas to address could be on how we can enhance outreach, especially to the “unconverted” through innovative and effective programmes and resources; and build up the capacity of SFE coordinators and service providers to support the schools more effectively,” Madam Halimah Yacob added.
6 Schools who wish to join the SFE programme can apply through the following website: www.sfe.sg.
About School Family Education (SFE)
Piloted in 2002, SFE is a school-based family life education programme, which aims to enhance the quality of family life of parents, school staff and students. This is achieved by making family life education resources easily available in primary and secondary schools and junior colleges. SFE schools are encouraged to organize 100 hours of family life education programmes every year, of which 70 hours must be targeted at parents. Schools are encouraged to specially tailor programmes to meet the unique needs of their schools. They are also encouraged to set up a SFE corner where parents can pick up family education resources easily. MSF supports schools on the SFE programme with funds to organise family life education programmes, up to $20,000 in the first year, $15,000 in the second and $10,000 in the third year and beyond. In addition, schools are provided with funding of $10,000/year to engage a SFE coordinator to assist with the administration of the SFE programme.
The SFE programme has seen rising participation among schools across the primary to tertiary levels, from 4 schools in 2002, to 257 schools to date. It has also benefited more than two million parents, school staff and students in the area of enhancing the quality of their family life. For more information about SFE, please visit: www.sfe.sg.