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Cambodia: Report details social and economic progress resulting from 20 years of Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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30 July 2014
Dr Lee Fergusson and his wife, Dr Anna Bonshek, the founding co-rectors of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia, brought Consciousness-Based Education and Transcendental Meditation to the country in 1993. Last December at a press conference in Phnom Penh they presented research studies published in their groundbreaking new book, Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal, that document social and educational transformations that have taken place in Cambodia since Maharishi Vedic University enrolled its first students.
A recent symposium in the Netherlands featured news updates about Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia from the past year, including a report on the book launch and press conference.
MVU was established in 1991 and opened its doors in 1993 with 550 students, none of whom had any knowledge of Consciousness-Based Education. All the students learned and practised Transcendental Meditation, and all subsequently learned the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, and practised it twice daily as a group. For 15 years, explained Dr Fergusson, MVU students created the Maharishi Effect of coherence and harmony in the collective consciousness of Cambodia through their group practice of these peace-creating technologies of consciousness.
The results of this coherence creating initiative can be seen in a variety of social and economic indicators for the country that were first analysed in 1993, when MVU opened, and again in 2013. The positive changes during the 20 year study are notable:
∙ Income has dramatically increased.
∙ Literacy rates have nearly doubled.
∙ Infant mortality declined by 75 per cent.
∙ Every year the Maharishi Effect was generated in Cambodia, one or more years was added to the life expectancy.
∙ The number of girls attending universities grew from five per cent in 1993 to 50 per cent in 2013.
∙ Cambodia rose 89 places on the world poverty ranking during the 20-year study period.
Perhaps the most striking improvement, said Dr Fergusson, is that when they started MVU in 1993 Cambodia was the poorest country in the world.
The focus currently is to offer the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education and Maharishi Vedic Science to educators and students in other post-secondary institutions in Cambodia.
See related article: Cambodia: Book about Maharishi Vedic University celebrates decades of Consciousness-Based Education
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