KUCHING – About 30 people gathered at the Good News Church at Green Heights for a Facilitators Trainers Seminar, ‘No Apology, the truth about love, life and sex’. Run by Focus on the Family, it was a “character-based curriculum that helps young people make wise choices regarding high-risk behaviours, including sexual involvement before marriage”.
At the training session, the participants were given detailed statistics about the dangers facing youths in Malaysia today, including sexually transmitted diseases, pornography, teenage pregnancies and the prevalence of pre-marital sex in Malaysia today among youths.
The programme was initiated several years ago by Focus on the Family and is conducted in public schools with the approval of the Ministry of Education. It has in fact been introduced to some schools even in Kuching. The programme is designed to impart the vision to youths of staying pure, and empowering them to say “No”.
The trainers were Joshua Liong and Peter Chang from Peninsular Malaysia who go all over Malaysia to conduct training sessions for those who wish to impart the teaching to youths in schools, churches or other youth organisations. When they are not giving training sessions they are busy conducting sessions for schools, as often as two schools a week.
The participants for the course in Kuching were from various Churches. Blessed Sacrament Church (Stampin) sent eight participants from various ministries for the course. Blessed Sacrament Church plans to give the first No Apology Seminar in early December.