Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe Du Sable Of St-Marc

On May 17, 2014, President Michel Martelly, in the company of the First Lady, Sophia Martelly, and Altes Toussaint, the Deputy of St-Marc, participated in the inauguration of Lycee Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable of St-Marc, which is an educational institution that the Haitian government has decentralized to provide free education. The institution will mostly serve disadvantaged people and has space for up to 720 students.


The new institution will admit students from kindergarten all the way to terminale. The institution has a library, music, computer labs, basketball and volleyball courts, football field, and a 400-meter running track with six lanes. The Hand In Hand Foundation sent some of its members to the inauguration ceremony. The Head of State welcomed the new institution and says that its model will be replicated throughout Haiti.

The quality of education offered at the institution will comply with the standards issued by the Haitian Ministry of National Education. The President promised that he will continue to fight so that the institution does not fail. The institution is named after the first permanent resident of Chicago, who moved and settled there in the 1770s. Back in Chicago, a number of learning institutions have emerged bearing the Jean Baptiste du Sable name.

The City of Chicago has honored Jean Baptiste du Sable with the award of being the first officially recognized permanent resident of Chicago. Through his exploits in the US, the Haitian government has also established the institution that bears the same name to honor him, and encourages Haitians to embrace learning with the sole purpose of improving their quality of life.

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