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Belfast: Children creating peace through Stress-Free Schools programme
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16 February 2011
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The article describes the success of the Stress Free Schools Programme—'Quiet Time - TM in the classroom'—in Belfast,Northern Ireland, which is bringing inner peace and happiness to hundreds of children in schools on both sides of the 'Peace Line'. Children and their teachers practise Transcendental Meditation (TM) for a few minutes together twice a day, at the beginning and end of the school day.
The Peace Lines are barriers that went up in the 1970s—separating Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods—to minimize sectarian violence during 'the troubles' that began in the late 1960s and came to an uneasy peace in the late 1990s. Many of the children near the Peace Line have been badly affected by the violence, conflict, and stress.
'When we are doing the meditation, there's a beautiful, beautiful atmosphere in the classroom,' says Anne-Marie O'Neill, a teacher in one school, whose class has been practising Transcendental Meditation for a year. 'It's completely silent, and it feels—gorgeous.'
Since the programme began, teachers are finding improved behaviour in the classroom, and pupils are feeling more relaxed and happy inside, with growing ability both to focus on their schoolwork—and to maintain the calm they feel during meditation in the midst of challenging situations in their daily environment.
For more about the programme, see Excellence in Action.
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