Over 4,000 teachers across the state have been trained in Vipassana (meditation) so that they can teach school students how to develop calmness, practice non-violence and avoid stress. More then 19,000 other teachers from the state will be trained in 2013-14.
MiD DAY reported on October 11, 2011 that a directive had been issued to all schools in the state saying that students must be made to meditate for 10 minutes before classes to make them disciplined, calm, and free of stress, violence and drugs. Ever since, teachers have been undergoing 12-day training sessions. Of the 4,000 teachers who have received training, 500 are from Mumbai and Thane.
An NGO, Naik Foundation, has opened a new centre at Panvel for teachers from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad for the training. A circular issued recently to school principals asked them to send male teachers for a session at Panvel this month.
The training is recommended for teachers, principals and sports teachers who are below 55 years of age. Of the 19,000 teachers who are expected to participate in these sessions, 8,000 will be from Mumbai, its suburbs, Thane and Raigad.
Shyamsunder Tapadia, programme head of the teachers’ Vipassana session, said, “The response from teachers in Mumbai and Thane has been good. They may acquire meditation and breathing techniques and impart it to their students.
A single teacher will learn and teach other teachers in the school, who in turn will teach their respective students. Till now, we have trained more then 4,000 teachers and in the coming academic year we will be training 19,000 teachers coming from across the state.
Students will gain confidence, concentration in studies and calmness. They can build the ability to take decisions via meditation.”NB Chauhan, deputy director for school education, said, “We are sending circulars to schools requesting them to send their teachers for Vipassana training, and hope it benefits teachers and students alike.”