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Belgium: Consciousness-Based Education expert tours five cities
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 May 2013
Dr Ashley Deans, an expert with many years experience in the field of Consciousness-Based Education, toured Belgium earlier this year, speaking on its benefits for both students and educators. Dr Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and author of A Record of Excellence, about Maharishi School, also holds the title of Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education.
Over the last 30 years the Consciousness-Based Education curriculum has gained popularity around the world among both children and educators. In addition to regular classroom studies, schools utilize the Transcendental Meditation Quiet Time programme, which allows students and staff a short period at the beginning and end of each school day to practise this easily-learned, effective meditation technique.*
Dr Deans' five-city tour of Belgium started in Brussels with a well-attended and well-received press conference, and went on to visit the major Belgian educational centres and cities of Leuven, Ghent, Hasselt, and Antwerp, returning at the end to Brussels.
In Leuven, seat of one of the largest universities in Belgium, a substantial number of students and educators learned of the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education and how it works in a school. In Ghent, one of the largest cities in the country, many educators, administrators, and students attended Dr Deans' lecture. After the talk in Antwerp, Belgium's second largest city, members of the audience asked many good questions about how to implement the programme in their schools. The tour ended in Brussels at the Maharishi Invincibility Centre, where another large group attended Dr Deans' lecture, including many school administrators and principals. In addition to the lectures Dr Deans also met with school directors during the week.
A fast moving Internet campaign to publicize the tour proved very successful. More than 200 people came to the five lectures, but the impact extended far beyond that. In the first few days there were thousands of 'Likes' on the Facebook page that was created at the start of Dr Deans' tour to spread the news. After four weeks the number of 'Likes' had increased to 23,000, mainly young Belgian students.
According to Stijn Vandenbosh, director of Stress-Free Schools in Belgium and organizer of the tour, when students read 'stress free schools' they want to participate. Headmasters and teachers also visited the tour page on Facebook® and have engaged in discussions there.
A video of Dr Deans giving a comprehensive talk on Consciousness-Based Education has been translated into Dutch, Dr Vandenbosch said, and will be available on Facebook as well as on a Consciousness-Based Education website.
Shortly after the initial press conference in Brussels, articles on the benefits of using this technology to educate children appeared in leading newspapers and magazines, including Knack.be, one of the most popular and dignified magazines in Belgium.
Dr Deans will return to Belgium for another Stress-Free Schools tour in May.
* Although its origins are ancient, the simple, natural practice of Transcendental Meditation was brought to the western world in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Now 60 years later in today's scientific age, hundreds of published scientific research studies have repeatedly verified the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation for people of all ages.
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