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Success of Consciousness-Based Education tour in Israel - Part I
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6 December 2007
Dr Ashley Deans, Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recently spent a week in Israel as part a multi-nation tour including Ireland, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, England, and Scotland to introduce Consciousness-Based Education to educators.
Dr Alex Kutai, Founder of Invincibility and National Leader of the Transcendental Meditation Movement in Israel reported that his visit was a great success. Dr Deans arrived in Israel, he said, during an educational crisis including seven weeks of teachers` strike and publication of the low national level of student achievement.
Dr Deans began his tour with a press conference in Tel-Aviv on 21 November which was attended by journalists from The Jerusalem Post, Education on Line—an Internet news site on education, and Gale Ztahal—the Israeli Army Radio station.
The Jerusalem Post article in particular, Dr Kutai said, reported in great detail the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Technique for students. (See Global Good News article Jerusalem Post reports on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for students and teachers).
That same evening Dr Deans was invited by the head of the Educational Department of the Municipality of Cholon to give a presentation on Consciousness-Based Education to 20 principals, supervisors, and teachers. The response was great, Dr Kutai said, and one of the principals and a number of teachers expressed interest in implementing the programme in their schools.
On his second day, Dr Kutai said, Dr Deans met with officials of the Peres Center for Peace. This meeting was a follow up to filmmaker Dr David Lynch's meeting with Israeli President Mr Shimon Peres who recommended that he collaborate with the Center for Peace regarding his initiative to create a group of Yogic Flying students. Dr Kutai reported that the response of the officials to Transcendental Meditation and the implementation of Consciousness-Based Education was very positive.
The continuation of Dr Kutai's report on the interest in Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education generated by Dr Deans' tour through Israel will be featured in Part II of this series.
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