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Consciousness-Based Education bringing new opportunities to students in South African schools
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 May 2014
Continuing his recent tour of Consciousness-Based Education institutions in South Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited schools in Durban and Capetown that have adopted the programme.
Dr Morris, an international authority on Consciousness-Based Education, had previously visited Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg.
As is the case in most of the Consciousness-Based Education schools in Africa, the students come from the poorest families and neighbourhoods, Dr Morris pointed out. And as in all Consciousness-Based Education schools around the world, the students begin to flourish both within themselves and as a group and become 'shining stars' at their school.
In Durban, three primary schools in areas where many people from India live have introduced Consciousness-Based Education into their academic curriculum. In these schools academic performance has improved, and behavioural problems are significantly reduced. Teachers say the students are calmer, more centred, and more focused.
Another three schools in other areas of Durban are planning to implement Consciousness-Based Education. This expansion will support the rise of positive trends in the country, Dr Morris commented, resulting from students' group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques. Scientific research has shown such groups, representing a small percentage of the population, to decrease social stress, crime, and violence and increase social coherence and harmony.
Also contributing to national coherence in South Africa, Dr Morris said, are the 500 students of Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, 40 per cent of whom are participating in group practice of the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme including Yogic Flying.
Concluding his South African tour in Capetown, Dr Morris described one school in which the twelve most agitated students learned Transcendental Meditation. Their teacher meditates with them twice a day in the teachers' lounge, reporting that the dramatic improvements in these students' behaviour were 'hardly believable'.
See related articles:
∙ South Africa: Maharishi Institute, a bright star of Consciousness-Based Education
∙ Mbale, Uganda: At Maharishi Secondary School for Girls, students create coherence for their nation
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