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by Dan Levine

The Hartford Advocate    Translate This Article
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
10 June 2004

On 10 June 2004 The Hartford Advocate reported: Cities in the US could benefit from a South African business university model which emphasizes holistic learning, with students practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme to develop their sense of self and inner strength. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the fields of education and government.

What do both post-apartheid South Africa and Hartford, Connecticut have in common? In areas of black populations, similar problems prevail in their education systems, namely the issues of under-qualified teachers, limited resources, scarce libraries, and lack of computer access which lead to much of the population being ill-prepared for success.

In 2000, South African businessman, Taddy Blecher co-founded CIDA City Campus, a business university that is attracting global attention with innovative solutions.

Corporate community support reduces the cost of the school, making it possible for hundreds of black students from poor and rural areas to learn finance, accounting, and other academic skills that will allow them to enter the business world.

More than being financially accessible, the CIDA City Campus emphasizes holistic learning, with the students starting and ending their day with Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique in order to develop their sense of self and inner strength.

The Hartford Advocate states: 'Students run the school, down to the cooking. And they are required to return to their villages or townships and teach what they have learned to others who need the knowledge.           

Blecher sees the school's mission in terms of molding people, not businessmen. That's why students are taught meditation, and encouraged to embrace the joys of life through sports and other recreation. . . .

'Even in South Africa people have this debate, do you want to teach people how to think or do you want to teach people how to do?' Blecher says. '. . . Our approach is that we want to wake up all aspects of the brain.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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