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Cape Verde: Children feel nourished by Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 May 2014
Consciousness-Based Education is becoming increasing popular around the world, including in the Republic of Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands located about 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of West Africa. Teachers and school administrators in Consciousness-Based Education schools find that students, eager to develop their full mental potential, readily participate in the programme, resulting in remarkable changes in their behaviour and performance.
Consciousness-Based Education programmes have been underway in three schools in Cape Verde since 2013. The combined number of students practising Transcendental Meditation, a central element of Consciousness-Based Education, is equivalent to one per cent of the Cape Verde population, administrators of the programme told a recent visitor. This is enough to create the Maharishi Effect* of increased social coherence and harmony and improved quality of life for the people of the country.
One expression of increased harmony and coherence can be seen in the recently established Children's Centre in Cape Verde. The centre is a place where they can go before and after school, when going home is not an option or not safe for them. The centre provides a nourishing environment where the children feel comfortable and can do their homework. Eight-five children in the facility practise Transcendental Meditation, or a special form of the technique designed for young children.
The centre coordinator is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, who will continue to teach more children as they come to the facility. Many have grown up in poor neighbourhoods and difficult family situations, and are already suffering from something akin to post traumatic stress disorder. The centre provides a safe haven. When they learn Transcendental Meditation, and their minds begin to settle down in the process of transcending, a weight is lifted off their shoulders.
* In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and Consciousness-Based Education, predicted that when one per cent of a population practised Transcendental Meditation, measurable improvements would be seen in the quality of life for the whole population. In 1974 researchers found that when the number of people practising Transcendental Meditation in a number of communities reached the 'one per cent' threshold, the crime rate decreased by an average of 16 per cent. Scientists named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi.
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