The programs come in response to the country's population woes.
The move was based on more than a hunch, of course.
"Anecdotally," say the authors of the official "Real Love Works 2011" report, "We have also come across people who share the passion of helping their friends who are singles but they do not know how." And so an official Yenta 101 course was born.
Each seminar will be conducted by a certified family counselor or social worker who will discuss "principles of privacy and confidentiality, relationship knowledge, facilitation and even event organization."But in case the newly trained matchmakers don't get to work fast enough, the government has other tools to lead stray singles up the Orwellian ladder to "Marriage Central." The SDN has also set up an online dating site, for example. It may look like Match.com, or OK Cupid, but it's nothing so commercial.
A 2010 survey of Singapore's adults showed that half the respondents felt the best way to meet a partner was through friends.
A further 10% of those questioned said they put their faith in "informal introductions" by family members.
"We spent the previous decade telling ourselves that we're happy as we are, and if it happens, it happens," she says.