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Five schools in Nepal in process of implementing Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 July 2013
In Nepal, five schools are in the process of integrating Transcendental Meditation and introducing Consciousness-Based Education into their educational systems.
At two of the schools, each with hundreds of students, all the students and faculty have learned Transcendental Meditation. A third school has sent one of its faculty members to a training course to become a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. This teacher will soon return to the school to teach students and faculty the meditation technique, which scientific research has shown to be uniquely effective in reducing stress, improving learning ability, and promoting integrated brain functioning. In addition, the school has sent teachers to the Consciousness-Based Education Leadership Training Programme in the Netherlands, so they can incorporate Consciousness-Based Education when they return.
The director of a fourth school, a military academy in Nepal, is also interested in both Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education, and has sent a few teachers to the Consciousness-Based Education training programme, and two to the Transcendental Meditation teacher training course.
'We are very excited about the prospects when the teachers return and the administrators return from being trained in Consciousness-Based Education, to have a really complete team that will implement Consciousness-Based Education in this military high school,' said an administrator for the project.
The school is one of the top in the country, he said, and has a larger student population than other schools that have begun implementing Consciousness-Based Education. When a sufficient number of students and faculty have learned Transcendental Meditation, their daily group meditations at the academy will have the potential to create an influence of coherence and harmony for the whole society, another of the effects of Transcendental Meditation supported by extensive scientific research.
In addition to these four schools, there is a smaller school, with about 300 students, that is implementing Consciousness-Based Education, and is also building a school facility designed according to Maharishi Vastu* architecture. Teachers and students in Vastu school buildings such as Maharishi School in Iowa, USA, report that they find teaching and learning to be more effortless and enjoyable.
So far, the building site for the school in Nepal has been prepared, the official groundbreaking held, and the design completed. Now construction on the new Vastu school building is underway.
In all, 20 schoolteachers who practise Transcendental Meditation have elected to be trained as teachers of the meditation technique, and are currently attending a Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course in Thailand. After completing their certification in November they will return to Nepal and will be employed teaching Transcendental Meditation in schools.
* Vastu refers to Vedic architecture—the complete knowledge of design and building in accord with natural law—brought to light from the ancient Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and known as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
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