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Prudence takes her position as role model for Beth’s Girls seriously. She served both as translator and as facilitator for her “Bethie Gals” when we visited Lumwana West. Prudence has worked hard to fulfill her scholarship contract with EBZEF to “give back to the village.” She encourages Beth’s Girls to pursue their education beyond the limits of the community. “Most of our parents in rural areas believe that educating a girl child is a waste of money. She won’t do anything in the future. So I want them to learn from me and from Beth’s Girls that educating girls is also important. They can bring development to society.”
Prudence worked for World Vision Zambia (WVZ) as a Social Development Worker in Lumwana West village. She is EBZEF’s premier role model as the first Beth’s Girl to graduate from secondary school, to succeed in an extended tertiary program, and to be hired to work with the development of her own people. Prudence continued her education with a distance learning program for a sociology degree from Mulungushi University. She now lives and works in Mwinilunga and is the proud mother of Little Gerry, Gerry Bowers’ namesake, and Baby Goodson, named after Prudence’s beloved older brother and friend of EBZEF who was lost due to a lightning strike.
This was the beginning of a pre-school program in the village which has continued successfully under the auspices of Beth’s Girls from Lumwana West. With assistance from Lumwana West Basic School teachers and instructional visits from Tamara Weiss, doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Development, EBZEF has created a viable three-year pre-school program for the community.
Dianah is now married, has two children, and is teaching at Kanyikezhi Primary School where her husband, Mark, is headmaster in a village about 28 kilometers from Lumwana West.