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Jamaica: Children enjoying Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 August 2013
A private school in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has adopted the Quiet Time programme. At the outset the director of the programme, Dr Billie Jean Billman, met individually with parents to introduce them to the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education for the school and the students.
Currently 18 students in grades 5-11 are participating in the Quiet Time programme, which includes the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
At the school graduation ceremony Dr Billman was honoured by being invited to sit on the stage with other dignitaries—the school pastor, the principal, and a guest speaker. When the Quiet Time programme was introduced and Dr Billman rose to speak, the children in the audience, including many not participating in the programme, began to cheer.
This graduation talk was the first exposure to Quiet Time for the guest speaker. After the ceremony she inquired if the programme could be introduced into other Jamaican schools, because she felt it should be offered to every student.
Seeing the changes in the atmosphere at the school and the eagerness of the students towards the programme, the principal has now become an advocate for the Quiet Time programme in education. She plans to visit Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, to learn more about Consciousness-Based Education and how to implement it in Jamaica.
Two other Jamaican schools have expressed interest in the programme. One is an impoverished middle school in Montego Bay, the other a small private school in Kingston.
Transcendental Meditation has been taught regularly in Jamaica since the late 1970s, said Dr Billman, who is also co-director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the country. In other news, a local medical doctor has been very active in supporting Transcendental Meditation. At present he is allowing his offices to be used for lectures and other activities that promote Transcendental Meditation. He is also planning to attend a training course this year to become qualified as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
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