The history of education in Haiti from 1804 to 1915 is an important part of Haitian life. This history is an account of what a generation of former slaves and sons of slaves have done in education largely unaided. After the independence, the Haitians toiled courageously and established an educational system for present generations to build on. In fact, some of the best Haitian schools functioning in the 1970’s were established during the historical period from 1804 to 1915. Let us consider the efforts made at primary education. Primary education in Haiti originated during the French colonization at the end of the 18th century.1 J. B. Dorsainvil noted that there were several institutions of primary education in the colony, but L. C. Lherisson who reported DorsainviPs opinion, and perhaps Dorsainvil himself, did not give a list of these schools. Neither did they mention whether those schools were private or public, except for that of Mr. Boisgirard, a private institution, and two other private schools mentioned previously in Chapter II (Father Boutin’s boarding school and Mr. Dorseuil’s Schools).
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