SMARTSTART Premarital Course To Be Compulsory For All Couples Who Want To Get Married

The SMARTSTART Premarital Programme is a two-day course designed to reduce marital breakups.

  • By The End Of 2015, The SMARTSTART Premarital Programme Will Be Made Compulsory For Couples, Regardless Of Race, Who Want To Get Married

    • The 'SmartStart' course which has all this while been attended on a voluntary basis by couples from all races who intended to get married, will be made compulsory before the end of next year.
    • Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry was now in the process of discussing the matter with various parties including the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and other religious institutions.
  • The Course Was Implemented By The National Population And Family Development Board (LPPKN) In May 2003 And Was Attended By Couples On A Volunteer Basis

    • “The course module has been implemented by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) since May 2003 for all races to provide newly married couples or those intending to marry soon with the knowledge and skills required in married life.
    • "The course is aimed at preventing marital break-ups," she told reporters. “The ministry is confident that with couples attending the SmartStart course, marital problems can be reduced,” she said.
  • Designed To Prevent Marital Breakups, The SMARTSTART Premarital Programme Equips Couples With The Knowledge And Skills Needed For A Happy Married Life

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    • This module has been developed to provide newly married couples and those who are planning to get married with knowledge and skills on the various aspects of marriage and parenting so as to support them psychologically and prepare them for a harmonious marriage life.
  • The Programme Is Targetted At Couples Planning To Get Married, And Newly Married Couples. It Is Facilitated In Four Languages.

    • The National Population and Family Development Board organises the SMARTSTART Premarital Programme for couples who are planning to get married and those who have recently married (not more than five years) in four languages, i.e. Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil.
  • The Two-Day Course Has 7 Sessions Focused On Everything From Overcoming Conflicts, Sexual Intimacy, To Family Law

    • Rohani said the course focused on various marital and parenting aspects, besides providing psychosocial support to couples experiencing married life so that they would have a blissful marriage.
    • The course consists of 7 sessions as follows:

      Sesion 1 : Getting to know yourself
      Sesion 2 : Exploring our hopes
      Sesion 3 : Overcoming conflicts and challenges
      Sesion 4 : Remember! Express your feelings
      Sesion 5 : Building sexual intimacy
      Sesion 6 : Managing family resources
      Sesion 7 : Family law
  • Couples Will Also Be Given A Workbook And A Guidebook For Reference

    • Couples will be provided with a workbook based on the activity of each session and a guidebook for couples who have recently or are planning to get married. The guidebook consists of the following chapters:

      Chapter 1: Preparation for marriage
      Chapter 2: Marriage
      Chapter 3: Family health
      Chapter 4: Pregnancy and birth
      Chapter 5: Parenting
      Chapter 6: Managing family resources
      Chapter 7: Overcoming pressure and conflicts
      Chapter 8: Family law
      Chapter 9: Family information
  • The Cost Of The Programme Is RM50 Per Couple

    • A RM 50.00 fee is imposed on each couple. Fees are collected by the organiser (NGO or LPPKN).
  • The SMARTSTART Premarital Programme Is Facilitated By NGOs, Religious Bodies And Of Course, The LPPKN

    • For more info and to apply:

      SMARTSTART Pre-Marital Course Secretariat,
      National Population and Family Development Board,
      Bangunan LPPKN,
      No.12B, Jalan Raja Laut,
      50350 Kuala Lumpur.

      TEL:+603-26937555 ext. 2170/1201
      EMAIL:[email protected]
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