Church of Our Saviour clarifies “allegations”

Statement from Church of Our Saviour on the Aware saga. It is reproduced here in its entirety. As the media reported on the AWARE saga, it brought up the fact that several of the new exco are members of Church of Our Saviour. This has created the perception that the church was behind the move.… Continue reading

NCCS: Churches should stay out of Aware tussle

Straits Times, 01 May 2009 ST link Umbrella Christian body concerned over religion being dragged into row By Zakir Hussain & Wong Kim Hoh THE National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) has said it does not condone churches getting involved in recent matters related to the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware).… Continue reading

ST letter: Concerns addressed (Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme)

ST letter by Mr Anthony Yeo 30 April 2009 ST link THE clarification and statement by Senior Minister of State for Education S. Iswaran, as well as yesterday’s letter by Ms Deeksha Vasundhra from Aware’s former Comprehensive Sexuality Education development team (‘What the school programme teaches students’), should put to rest the concerns of the… Continue reading

The AWARE takeover: An appeal by an NUS Prof to support the old guards

EDITOR’S NOTE: This message was penned by Dr Gwee Li Sui, an Assistant Professor of English at the National University of Singapore. Dr Gwee message, which is addressed to Christians who are concerned with the recent takeover of AWARE, was posted on his facebook notes page, and has attracted over 200 comments to date. I… Continue reading

ST letter: What the school programme teaches students

ST Letter by Ms Deeksha Vasundhra, AWARE CSE Development Team (2006-07) 29 April 2009 ST link I REFER to reactions to Aware’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme. The CSE was developed when data released in 2005 showed a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections (STI) among teenage girls. Between 2000 and 2005, this figure grew… Continue reading

Get facts right on sex education: Iswaran

Straits Times, 29 April 2009 ST link GET your facts right on what is happening in Singapore schools when it comes to sex education, and do not base comments on ‘innuendo or information received on the fly’. This advice, for those who have criticised the sexuality programme run by the Association of Women for Action… Continue reading

An open letter to Ms Josie Lau

Written by Ng E-Jay 29 April 2009 Dear Ms Josie Lau, In your letter to AWARE members dated 28 April 2009, you wrote of your wish to “honour and celebrate the achievements of first generation Singapore women and to emulate their spirit of perseverance and to learn from their experience and vision”. You also put… Continue reading

MOE replies to questions about AWARE’s CSE programme

Source: MOE website Reply to Recent Comments and Claims About AWARE’s Sexuality Education Programme in Schools We refer to recent claims and comments about AWARE’s sexuality education programme in schools. Sexuality education conducted in MOE schools is premised on the importance of the family and respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic… Continue reading

ST letter: Fighting discrimination is the larger issue

ST letter by Mr Joel Nicholas Chua 25 April 2009 ST link THE truth behind the fracas surrounding the so-called leadership coup at Aware has finally come to light. A group harbouring anti-homosexual sentiments had become upset over the organisation’s promotion of social equity for gays and lesbians, and wanted to reinstate ‘traditional values’. Is… Continue reading