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South Africa: Educators enjoy peaceful atmosphere of Consciousness-Based Education schools
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28 February 2012
Describing a recent day spent visiting primary and secondary schools in suburbs of Durban, South Africa, where many students have learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique, Dr Bevan Morris said he would 'never forget the delight of being in the classroom with those children'.
Dr Morris is President of Maharishi University of Management and an international authority on Consciousness-Based Education and all of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to benefit the individual and society. Having concluded several days of fruitful meetings in Johannesburg, the 'Invincible Africa' tour of Dr Morris was continuing in Durban before moving on to Capetown.
Accompanying Dr Morris on the tour were Dr Richard Peycke, director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in South Africa, and Dr Taddy Blecher, director of Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg and of Consciousness-Based Education programmes in the country.
In Durban the delegation met a primary school principal, Mr Govender, who is also head of the council of Consciousness-Based Education of many principals and leading educators in that area of South Africa.
Commenting on the good changes that have happened in his school since the programme began, Mr Govender highlighted two main themes, Dr Morris said: 'The academic performance has gone up, and the behavioural problems have gone down.'
Everywhere he goes around the world, Dr Morris said, he hears similar statements from teachers at Consciousness-Based schools.
The principal also recounted to Dr Morris the experience of a visiting educator who, arriving recently at the campus, asked, '''Where are the students?''—because the whole place was so quiet, he thought there were no students at all there.'
Entering a classroom, and not knowing the students practised Transcendental Meditation, the same educator had asked, 'Why is it so peaceful in here?' He felt the atmosphere of deep silence permeating the classroom, Dr Morris said, but didn't know what was causing it.
Global Good News will continue to report on Dr Morris's visits to Consciousness-Based Education schools in the Durban area, including students' expressions of changes they noticed in themselves since they began practising Transcendental Meditation.
Dr Morris also had other meetings and activities in Durban, before setting out on the next phase of his tour—a journey across the very beautiful coastal area of South Africa, eventually arriving in Capetown, at the southern tip of the continent.
For more information about Dr Morris's 14-country tour of Africa, and the Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes on the continent, please contact: Africa@TM.org.
See related articles:
∙ Invincible Africa tour comes to South Africa
∙ Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee tour: Dr Bevan Morris reports from West Africa
∙ Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee Tour: Celebrating 50 years of Maharishi's programmes in Africa
∙ Ghana: Dr Bevan Morris presents Consciousness-Based Education to distinguished educators
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