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Want to learn Arabic, Korean, or Swahili? Refugee language tutors can help
16 January 2017 - Although he was a qualified dentist in Syria, Eiad Zinah is doing a postgraduate dentistry degree and English language tests so he can practice in Britain. He joins a growing number of newly-arrived, degree-educated refugees that Chatterbox has employed to teach languages, including Swahili, Arabic, Korean, and Farsi, to university students, businesspeople, and private clients. Former Afghan refugee Mursal Hedayat said she founded Chatterbox after watching her mother, a civil engineer, struggle to get relevant work when they first arrived in Britain in 1994. She now employs dozens of English-speaking refugees from countries like Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq -- many of whom have worked as lawyers, teachers, health workers, and translators. Hedayat said she hopes the Chatterbox program will expand across Europe and to Canada or the United States, so refugees can gain quality work experience and get to know the local population through language tutoring. (more)
US: Maryland's first 'net-zero energy' school
3 January 2017 - Wilde Lake Middle School in the community of Columbia is making its debut this week as Maryland's first 'net-zero energy' school -- meaning the $33 million building's extensive solar panel array will help it generate as much energy as it uses. The roof holds 1,400 solar panels and another 600 panels collect sunlight from the ground, said Scott Washington, director of school construction for the Howard County school system. (more)
How to fight Boko Haram? Open a school
16 December 2016 - Religious leaders fearful of Islamist threat believe giving girls free weekend lessons will counter spread of militancy. As a military campaign against Boko Haram continues in northern Cameroon, leaders of the country's biggest mosques in the south are deploying another weapon to ensure that the Islamist insurgency doesn't spread: education for girls. (more)
Princesses, Presidents, laureates join hands to 'globalize compassion' for children
10 December 2016 - Royalty, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and spiritual leaders joined hands with Nobel peace prize winners on Saturday [10 December] in the fight for child rights, saying they wanted to 'globalize compassion for children'. Speaking at a summit in Delhi, prominent figures including Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Tibetan Spiritual Leader the Dalai Lama, Princess Charlene of Monaco, and former President of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta, said it was time to speak with one voice for the rights of children. . . . Participants included Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Holland's Princess Laurentien, Australia's former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Yemeni human rights activist and laureate Tawakkol Karman, and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development. (more)
The Nigerian school for orphans and victims of jihadists
17 November 2016 - In a region where social bonds have been fractured by Boko Haram insurgency, the Future Prowess school is an unlikely model of cohesion. It consciously and publicly welcomes both the orphans of jihadists -- and the children of civilians and soldiers killed by the jihadists. (more)
Australia: Indigenous science graduate reaching for the stars
21 October 2016 - Indigenous science graduate Karlie Noon fought hard to get a double major in pure maths and physics. At 18, she became the first in her family to make it to university when she was accepted into a combined maths and physics degree at the University of Newcastle. Earlier this year, she landed a job with CSIRO's Indigenous STEM Education Project. (more)
Tech classes open a fresh window of opportunity for women in rural Kenya
21 October 2016 - A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education level. (more)
UN: Wonder Woman has been appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls
21 October 2016 - The comic book character Wonder Woman has been appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 5 -- to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The Wonder Woman campaign will highlight what we can collectively achieve if women and girls are empowered -- along with examples of women and girls who have made and are making a difference every day by overcoming barriers and beating the odds to reach their goals. (more)
Investing in girls could unlock billions of dollars for national economies - UN agency
20 October 2016 - Developing countries could reap a dividend of $21 billion a year if all 10-year-old girls completed secondary education, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in a report. 'Education is the world's best investment. Whenever a girl's potential goes unrealized, we all lose,' Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. (more)
US: High school graduation rate hits record high of 83.2 percent
17 October 2016 - The nation's high school graduation rate has reached a record 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all racial and ethnic groups, according to federal data released Monday. President Barack Obama welcomed the higher rate as good news . . . [but] also emphasized there was more work to do. The White House said money invested through a grant program called Race to the Top has helped improve some of the nation's lowest-performing schools. (more)
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South Africa: Maharishi Invincibility Institute students create the Maharishi Effect in Johannesburg
30 December 2016 - The number of students practising an advanced programme of Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa has exceeded the threshold predicted to improve the quality of life in the city. Recently 170 students took a course to learn the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, and now more than 315 are practising these peace-creating technologies of consciousness together daily. That is the number determined by scientists that will create the Maharishi Effect of increased positive social trends in Johannesburg, which has a population of just under 4.5 million. Published research in other major cities has found that when this threshold formula is reached, a measurable effect of increased coherence and decreased social stress and violence is produced. Maharishi Institute CEO Taddy Blecher credits this Maharishi Effect with reducing the crime rate in Johannesburg, which recent public data has shown is no longer in the top 50 crime-ridden cities in the world. (more)
US: Maharishi University of Management - Chinese delegations continue to visit campus
20 December 2016 - China's interest in Maharishi University of Management continues, with two delegations visiting the campus in Iowa, USA recently, including entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists. A business conglomerate covering real estate, urban development, schools, greenhouses and agriculture sent a 12-member delegation in late October. The chairman is 'very interested in what we have done and achieved as a university and as a Transcendental Meditation organization,' said Zhu Yunxiang, MUM vice president of Asia Expansion. Later, a second delegation included a group of 25 Chinese artists, organizers, and journalists representing the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the Beijing Daily Group, and the Beijing TV station. The goal of the Chinese delegations is to introduce the beauty of the Chinese cultural heritage and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries. (more)
Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic education: Parallels with Consciousness-Based Education
14 December 2016 - In Part 2 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic education, highlighting parallels to the system of Consciousness-Based Education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, Prince Charles describes major historical shifts in human thought over the past centuries through which 'nature was understood as being outside of us, something we could conquer and control. Education began to reflect this separation and focused on separate bits of information rather than on connections.' The prince has sought to promote 'a return to holistic education' through establishing innovative educational institutes where children can connect conventional academic subjects with universal patterns in nature, including within their own physiology. In Consciousness-Based Education institutions such as Maharishi University of Management, Ms Purcell writes, 'students learn the universal principles of intelligence that are prevalent in every field of study and discover that all knowledge emerges from the unified field of consciousness' which they experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Reconnecting students to their own inner harmony and to the interconnectedness of all fields of knowledge', she says, 'is an essential and timely step to meeting the urgent needs of our precarious times.' (more)
Consciousness and sustainability
2 December 2016 - Niloofar Mofrad grew up in Iran and learned Transcendental Meditation at the age of 15. She soon found out about Maharishi University of Management in the USA, and became fascinated with the idea of attending a school where students focus on the growth of their consciousness along with academic subjects. During her studies in sustainable living at MUM, Niloofar became interested in the philosophy of sustainability and its implications for ecological and social transformation. To combine that with her interest in Maharishi Vedic Science, she decided to graduate with an individualized major in sustainability and consciousness. 'Niloofar is a deep thinker,' said one of her faculty at MUM. 'She has had the great insight that consciousness is primary in all areas of life, and that it contains the critical solutions for creating a sustainable world.' (more)
Interview: Maharishi University of Management's online programme fulfils student's life-long dream
17 November 2016 - Susi Halley's life-long dream was to study at Maharishi University of Management. An email from MUM describing an online master's programme in Maharishi Vedic Science that was 'available to anyone anywhere' was 'the perfect opportunity and perfect subject matter', she says. 'For anyone who thirsts for knowledge and the highest experience of learning, MVS online is the programme.' Practising Transcendental Meditation has helped Susi academically, giving her the ability 'to comprehend and absorb knowledge effortlessly'. Another unexpected benefit is 'the close-knit community that has developed among the students. Even though we are situated all over the world, we get to know each other through the forums and webinars. . . . everyone has a unique perspective.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management's Sustainable Living Center outperforms expectations
1 November 2016 - The Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, has caught the attention of an organization called Getting to Net Zero, which keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage. According to their calculations, the Center's net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced five per cent more energy than it used. Net zero energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings in the world that rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling, and electricity needs. 'There are very few buildings in the world that can say they are net zero, and most of those are in climates that are far less demanding than ours,' said Dr David Fisher, Chair of the Department of Sustainable Living at MUM. (more)
Spotlight on the TM programme for women in Uganda
28 October 2016 - There have been recent leaps in progress for women and children in Uganda through the Transcendental Meditation programme. Based on the foundation of 650 women who learned TM through a training project at the United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development (UWOPED), TM clubs for 280 of their children have now been established. In addition, the organization teaching Transcendental Meditation for women was invited to address the general assembly of the National Union of Nurses and Midwives about TM as a practical tool for building resiliency under stress and avoiding burnout. The assembly consisted of leading administrators from hospitals across the country. (more)
Brazil: TM 'made me a better athlete . . . made me a better person' - Olympic medalist Flavio Canto
26 October 2016 - Flávio Canto is a Brazilian judoka and jiu jitsu black belt who won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and three medals at the Pan American Games. He attributes his success and focus to practising Transcendental Meditation since 1995. In 2003 he founded Instituto Reação, a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sports and education, transforming underprivileged kids into 'black belts' on and off the mat. TM helps institute students relieve stress and achieve the inner equilibrium required to excel both inside and outside the classroom. One student says: 'TM makes me feel relaxed, feel lighter, like if I could fly among the clouds. I was able to focus better on my studies, understand more about my life and reflect what I can become someday.' (more)
Urging the student body to practice Transcendental Meditation
22 September 2016 - 'College brims with fun and excitement,' writes English and communications student Benedict Carrizzo, '. . . but it is also a stressful environment.' Giving comprehensive reasons why meditation is a great aid to combating stress, he reveals that his choice of 'Transcendental Meditation, specifically, is proven to be three times more restful than basic sleep.' He adds that TM is 'the premier meditation choice for celebrities.' Using the technique 'to combat the stress accumulated throughout the day,' he says that adopting an ideology is not necessary; that 'all you need is some time and a little patience. Think about meditation like brushing your teeth or going to the gym, except that it is a check on your well-being, not your teeth or muscles.' (more)
How to survive and flourish at school with Transcendental Meditation
20 September 2016 - Iain Robertson Campbell of Glasgow, Scotland, offers insights to encourage and nourish those who, at some point or other, feel despondent and discouraged by education. In addition to being a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, he is an English and Religious Studies high school instructor. After beginning TM, he recalled feeling the relief from stress in an intense academic setting - saying, '. . . you can restore the balance right away.' Among benefits noticed were spontaneously completing projects, more room to be compassionate toward others, and over time, observing the path his interests and skills were taking him. His inner confidence grew and he progressed from just 11 years of education due to undiagnosed dyslexia, to graduate studies in education. He said, ' . . . objective knowledge is rather dry and meaningless if we don't have self-knowledge, or access to real joy'. (more)
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In Macedonia's fake news hub, teen shows AP how it's done
2 December 2016 - On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. Real news gets reported everywhere, he argued. Made-up stories are unique. 'The fake news is the good news,' the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist. 'A fake news article is way more opened than any other.' (more)
Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)
Kids, teachers ditch school as crisis engulfs Venezuela
16 June 2016 - Education is no longer a priority for many poor and middle-class Venezuelans who are swept up in the all-consuming quest for food amid a wave of looting and riots. Frequent power and water cuts are disrupting classes, and schools have been closed on Fridays for about the last two months. Venezuela has released little hard data in recent times and does not participate in the globally recognized Program in International Student Assessment tests, so it is hard to gauge the state of education with statistical precision. (more)
US: Why didn't an Illinois professor have to disclose GMO funding?
15 March 2016 - A University of Illinois professor was given more than $57,000 over less than two years from GMO maker Monsanto to travel, write, and speak about genetically modified organisms -- including lobbying federal officials to halt further regulation on GMO products. Professor Bruce Chassy did not disclose his financial relationship with Monsanto on state or university forms aimed at detecting potential conflicts of interest. Documents further show that Chassy and the university directed Monsanto to deposit the payments through the University of Illinois Foundation, a body whose records are shielded from public scrutiny. The foundation also has the ability to take in private money and disburse it to an individual as a 'university payment' -- exempt from disclosure. As US senators consider two bills on GMO labeling this week, they'll weigh the value of expert advice. But recent cases involving Chassy and other industry-funded scholars, including one who accepted money from GMO opponents, raise questions about how neutral that expert advice may be. (more)
US: Sometimes 'poor little rich kids' really are poor little rich kids
5 January 2016 - The 'affluenza' defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk, has received a great deal of ridicule, much of it justified. That said, it would be foolish to allow an absurd effort to minimize one teenager's responsibility for a horrific tragedy to obscure growing evidence that we have a significant and growing crisis on our hands. The children of the affluent are becoming increasingly troubled, reckless, and self-destructive. Perhaps we needn't feel sorry for these 'poor little rich kids.' But if we don't do something about their problems, they will become everyone's problems. (more)
Boko Haram violence forces 1 million children from school
22 December 2015 - Attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, heightening the risk they will be abused, abducted, or recruited by armed groups, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday. The conflict has forced more than 2,000 schools to close in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the agency said. Insecurity also prevents teachers from going back to classes, the agency said. About 600 teachers have been killed during Boko Haram's six-year insurgency, it said. (more)
A multigenerational hit: US student debt traps parents and kids
5 October 2015 - America's crushing surge of student debt, now at $1.2 trillion, has bred a disturbing new phenomenon: School loans that span multiple generations within families. Weighed down by their own loans, many parents lack the means to fund their children's educations without sinking even deeper into debt. Data analyzed exclusively by The Associated Press, along with surveys about families and rising student debt loads, show that: (more)
US: How surging student debt is affecting borrowers' lives
5 October 2015 - America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways. Three trends show how the pressures from student debt are compounding: Falling incomes, more borrowing, and less spending elsewhere. The latter can slow the economy because consumer spending drives about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (more)
Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids' lower test scores
20 July 2015 - The effect of poverty on children's brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new US study suggests. 'What was already discovered is there is an achievement gap between poor children and middle-class children,' the study's senior author Seth Pollak told Reuters Health. 'Even when they move to better neighborhoods, children growing up in poor families tend to do less well in school than their less poor counterparts.' What's more, researchers have found in recent years that poverty is linked to worse brain development, said Pollak. (more)
Canada: 40 per cent of workers don't have the basic skills to do their jobs
1 June 2015 - A new report says missing job skills in industries from retail to engineering are hurting Canada's productivity. The study by the Canada West Foundation says 40 per cent of employees could perform better if they improved on basic skills like math, reading, and writing. The skills being discussed are not advanced -- they're not necessarily highly technical in nature, nor are there individually rare in many people. But collectively, many workers are held back by their lack of things like basic computer skills, numeracy, language skills, and the ability to work with others. It says roughly half of people who didn't finish high school are missing such essential skills, while 30 per cent of university graduates are also lacking skills needed for their jobs. The report also says immigrants have skills shortages of between 10 to 16 per cent higher. (more)
Global Good News reviews Consciousness-Based Education
The importance of education cannot be overestimated. Our schools have the responsibility to develop the most important
natural resource of a nation—the intelligence and creativity of our youth.
Global Good News highlights for students, their families, and teachers the benefits of
Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
Consciousness-Based Education enables any school to fulfill their responsibility by systematically developing the latent creativity
and intelligence of students and teachers, so that irrespective of educational or socio-economic background, they experience improved
academic performance, reduced stress, and antisocial behavior. They can increase their creativity and intelligence, and unfold their
One of the current issues in education is the rise of
classroom stress, which fuels widespread problems in education, including poor academic achievement,
anxiety, depression, school violence, and teacher burnout.
For the prevention of school violence—to help neutralize the stress that is a root cause of it,
and one of the most intractable education issues—many schools are establishing a 'Quiet Time' period
at the start and end of each school day-two 10- to 15-minute sessions when students sit quietly to rest and/or read silently.
Increasingly, during these Quiet-Time periods, schools are offering their students and teachers the opportunity
to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation, a simple,
scientifically proven technique for reducing stress, improving health, and developing an individual's full creative potential.
More than 600
scientific research studies on this programme, have shown that the daily experience of the state of restful alertness
experienced during Transcendental Meditation leads to improved learning ability, higher IQ, better moral reasoning, more
efficient brain functioning.
Students with learning disabilities such as ADHD have greatly
benefitted from this practice.
Transcendental Meditation and the
Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme are the key technologies of
Consciousness-Based Education, which adds study and research in consciousness—the inner intelligence of the student—without
making extensive changes to the existing curriculum or schedule.
The US Committee for Stress-Free Schools
was established in 2005 in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation
for Consciousness-Based Education to bring the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation programme to students and teachers in public,
charter, and private schools throughout the United States.
Maharishi Schools now exist in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, and China.
This programme has also been successfully introduced in existing schools in Latin America and in the United States.
For the last three years the David Lynch Foundation has been
funding schools and students who wish to participate in Consciousness-Based Education: over 100,000 students in schools around the
world have been instructed in Transcendental Meditation.
A campaign to teach one million at-risk children world-wide was launched by the David Lynch Foundation in New York in April 2009.
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