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Maharishi Institute of South Africa: 'Nothing short of spectacular' results for students, communities
by Linda Egenes
Transcendental Meditation Magazine Translate This Article
26 February 2014
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One bright light in South Africa is Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, which serves students who normally would not receive a higher education. Every student is instructed in Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme as part of the curriculum, and every student receives free access to a university education.
Dr. Taddy Blecher, Dr. Richard Peycke, and Dr. John de Jager, the founders of Maharishi Institute, have spent their lives teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique to disadvantaged youth in South Africa, and have pioneered the free post-secondary education movement through the free universities that they've established.
''In 95 percent of the cases, our students are the first in their family to attend college,'' says Dr. Blecher, who was a 2005 World Economic Forum ''Young Global Leader of the World'' recipient.
The results have been nothing short of spectacular. Through Maharishi Institute and earlier universities the three founded, students who otherwise would have remained in hopeless poverty have gained new skills and found jobs. More than 5,500 graduates are earning a combined $32 million per year, much of which goes back to disadvantaged communities and families. Hundreds of graduates now work in the banking industry, and over 2,000 graduates work in the IT sector as programmers and network engineers. Others work in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, in the government, or have started their own companies.
''It's literally night and day what happens in their lives and the lives of their families after they receive a Consciousness-Based education,'' says Dr. Blecher. ''Our graduates can earn enough money in two years to buy and build a house with water and electricity, and over time can support their extended families. It's a source of tremendous pride for someone with no hope for the future to become someone who is highly respected in their community.''
Although the school days are long and the students work hard, they are enthusiastic. ''I love the education system because it's all about Consciousness-Based Education,'' says student Thabang Msomi. ''I don't feel a lot of pressure because everything is simple.''
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