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South Africa: Maharishi Institute wins prestigious award at global education conference
by Global Good News staff writer

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22 November 2010

Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, won an award for its innovative education technologies at last month's global education conference in Bahrain, called The Education Project.

Created by the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the conference attracted over 500 educators from around the world. The aim was to find the most innovative education projects in the world that are really making a difference to the many problems in education, and which can be replicated in other countries. 'It is hoped that by recognising these seedlings they may be propelled into the broader public domain so that they receive continued funding and support,' said a news report at the time.

After progressing through the stages of selection and presentations, Maharishi Institute won the first prize, with 80 per cent of the panel's vote. The award has brought Maharishi Institute and Consciousness-Based Education into the world media spotlight, with over 100 press agencies running stories on it, said Dr Taddy Blecher, reporting recently on the event. Dr Blecher is one of the directors of the Institute, who accepted the award in Bahrain. People are now contacting the Institute daily to find out more about its Consciousness-Based Education and information technology programmes.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi guided the Institute with great attention between July and December 2007, Dr Blecher said. Maharishi Institute's 200 students enjoy the effects of two main technologies:

∙ 'Personal' technologies: Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique and the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme;

∙ Information technology: About 600 computers have been secured, donated by different organizations. A tremendous help is the use of personalized learning software, which enables students to progress very much faster.

In other news from South Africa, Dr Dr Richard Peycke, also an Institute director as well as National Director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in South Africa, reported that 14 National Yagyas have been performed for South Africa since April this year by Maharishi Vedic Pandits at the Global Capital of World Peace at the Brahmasthan (auspicious central area) of India.

The positive effects in the nation from these performances have been noticeable, especially in the economy and in a general sense of calmness, he commented, citing for example the lowest interest rates since 1974, and a very successful World Cup.

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