Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Building Africa, Building the World​ during COVID times

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Building Africa, Building the World​ during COVID times
May 26, 2020

“iMeditateAfrica” continues with specific focus on COVID times.

“Meditation has the ability to connect us all beyond the boundaries of caste, creed & nationality.”
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri has launched several initiatives to address mental health issues in Africa. Continuing the series of Africa Day (May 25th) and Africa Month (May 2020); Sri Sri engages in an annual continent-wide campaign called iMeditateAfrica (IMA).

A Lancet Global Health report says: Mental health problems appear to be increasing in importance in Africa.
Between 2000 and 2015 the continent’s population grew by 49%, yet the number of years lost to disability as a result of mental and substance use disorders increased by 52%.
In 2015, 17·9 million years were lost to disability as a consequence of mental health problems.

Through a series of 3 online conversations, Sri Sri connected with several political and other leaders from different industries.

Speakers

  • Hon. Leela Devi Dookun
    MAURITIUS
    Vice PM, Minister of Education, Science and Technology
  • Amb. Rudo M. Chitiga
    ZIMBABWE
    Senior diplomat and development expert
  • Marlene Le-Roux
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Co-founder, Women’s achievement network for disability
  • Pearl Thusi
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Actress, model, TV and radio personality
  • Mary Khaemba
    KENYA
    Director, Rehabilitation and welfare, Kenya Prisons
  • Manhar Mooney
    BOTSWANA
    Businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Ignatius Sehoole
    SOUTH AFRICA
    CEO, KPMG, South Africa
  • Juliet Namuddu Nambi
    UGANDA
    Directorate, Education and social services
  • Simon Kaheru
    UGANDA
    Former director and chairperson, Uganda Broadcasting Corp.
  • Prof. Fred McBagonluri
    GHANA
    President and provost, Academic City College
  • Prof. Salim Abdool Karim
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Chair: Ministerial advisory committee on COVID-19
  • Prof. Adam Habib
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr. Adriana Marais
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Physicist and founder of Proudly Human
  • Prof. David Norris
    BOTSWANA
    Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana
  • Paddy Upton
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Head coach, T20 cricket. Professor, Deakin University
  • Kumi Naidoo
    SOUTH AFRICA
    African human rights and environmental activist

iMeditateAfrica-2020-speakers

We are really touched at what we do at a spiritual level, artist are your best partners, particularly at the level they keep all of us safe and they ensure our souls as a nation are kept intact.
~ Nathi Mthethwa, Honorable Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Every action begins with a seed. That is intention. We have sown the seed for a prosperous and peaceful Africa. We now have to nurture this by our actions.
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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