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Title:'No Girl Leaves the School Unmarried': Mabel Shaw and the Education of Girls at Mbereshi, Northern Rhodesia, 1915-1940
Author:Morrow, SeanISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Zambia
Christian education
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Religion and Witchcraft
Women's Issues
Education and Training
About person:Mabel Shaw (British)(1889-1973)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/219137
Abstract:In the 1920s and 1930s the main educational centre for Africans in Northern Rhodesia was the London Missionary Society station of Mbereshi, in the present Luapula Province of Zambia. The most prestigious institution of the Mbereshi complex was Mbereshi Girls' Boarding School, the earliest girls' school in Northern Rbodesia. Under Mabel Shaw, principal from 1915 to 1940, this school gained an international reputation. This article examines the school's attempt to inculcate a form of Christian neotraditionalism as a defence for its girls, who were educated above all for Christian marriage, against what Mabel Shaw saw as the superstition and degradation of village 'paganism' and against the viciousness and materialism of what she considered to be neopagan African urban life. Struggling with this Janus-like enemy, Mabel Shaw's thinking followed a deeply spiritual trajectory which contrasted and ultimately clashed with the approach of the secular colonial education authorities. Notes, ref.