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At schools in Uganda, students are blossoming through Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 July 2013
At Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in Mbale, Uganda, students and teachers enjoy the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education, including the Transcendental Meditation programme. The school is now the first in Africa where many students have also taken an advanced training course in the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programme, said Henry Matovu, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in Uganda.
Mr Matovu was describing achievements in Uganda this year to a recent international conference of Transcendental Meditation directors in Holland.
Enrolment at Maharishi Secondary School for Girls is expanding rapidly, and construction is nearly complete on the ground floor of a new three-storey classroom building. Another first for Africa—the building will be the first school on the continent designed and constructed according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture.
The EDAPO school, situated just north of Uganda's capital, Kampala, provides food, shelter, education, and basic medical care to hundreds of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and war. The teachers, many staff, and the older children have learned Transcendental Meditation while the younger students practise a special meditation technique designed for young children.
The African PTSD Relief project for Congolese refugees in Uganda has attracted a lot of attention in Africa, Mr Matovu said. Sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation, this project helps survivors of war reclaim their lives and overcome the effects of traumatic stress by offering them instruction in Transcendental Meditation. A research study published in April in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found dramatic reductions in the severity of PTSD symptoms within a very short time after refugees learned the technique.
See related article: Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces posttraumatic stress in African refugees
The mission of the United Women Platform for Empowerment and Development in Uganda is to help women realize a better economic quality of life. Many in the group are now practising Transcendental Meditation, and women say they feel their life is improving.
Students are also practising Transcendental Meditation at Peace High School, another secondary school in Uganda.
There are now eleven active Transcendental Meditation teachers in the country, a great increase from 2008, when there was only one teacher in all of Uganda.
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