Lycee Alexandre Petion
Here is a picture taken on the occasion of the Building Inauguration of Lycée Alexandre Pétion in October, 2015
On an earlier occasion while launching the construction project of the Toussaint and this School in December 2013, the President had mentioned, education is the weapon that can open all doors to make your dreams come true and the government is there to support you in this endeavor.
Mr. Boniface Alexandre, a former President of the country during the transition period (2004 to 2006) after the departure of President Jean Bertrand Aristide, and a former student of the school was present during the occasion.
Here is a view of Lycee Alexandre Petion during the inauguration of its building in October 2015
The new building has a total 43 classrooms: out of which 16 are dedicated for primary section and 23 for secondary section accommodating about 2,600 students and 167 teachers. The school was almost destroyed during the 2010 earthquake; now it became functional once again with including multi-sports fields, five laboratories, cafeterias, and an auditorium with 250 seats.
During his speech for the occasion, the President mentioned 'Lycée Alexandre Pétion' as the first secular educational institution in the Caribbean. As the success of an educational institution depends on the participation of all, the new school calls for the supports of every part of the society. Now, the children of Bel-Air can attain the best education here, and the concept of building and running a successful educational institution in an impoverished area like Bel-Air should be understood by the countrymen as a model, an example which other disadvantaged areas in Haiti should follow where the children can learn about the modern technologies and inventions.
Here is a view inside of a classroom at Lycee Alexandre Petion during the inauguration of its new building
On Thursday, October 8th, 2015, the Haitian President Martelly accompanied by the First Lady Sophia Martelly, Prime Minister Evans Paul and several other ministers, including Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education, and several hundred participants, went to inaugurate the new premises of 'Lycée Alexandre Pétion' in Bel-Air, Port-au-Prince. 'Lycée Alexandre Pétion' is the first secondary school in Haiti, founded in 1816 A.D. It was initially known as the Grand College of Port-au-Prince, but later the name was changed to its founder's name-- Alexandre Petion (2 April 1770 - 29 March 1818). The new premises covers an area of 9,400 square meters, and in 2016, it will celebrate its bicentennial year.
Here is the construction plan for Lycées Alexandre Pétion and Toussaint Louverture.
Two private schools, Alexandre Petion and Toussaint Louverture, have been rebuilt after their destruction from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The two projects have been funded by PetroCaribe Fund at $15 million USD.
IBT Group Haiti did the construction work under the management of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation.
Both schools will feature temperature controlled classrooms, auditoriums, language, science, and computer labs, along with libraries and sports fields.
Here is a picture of the former candidate for the presidential election of Haiti. Mr. Gerard Gourgue Gourgue. He is a politician , lawyer , activist for human rights, minister, ambassador and teacher.
He studied at the Lycée Alexandre Pétion in Port-au-Prince, then university in Haiti and France. In 1978, in order to fight the abuses of the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier and his Tontons Macoutes , Gourgue established the Haitian Human Rights League.
Gerard Gourgue was named to be part of the National Council of Government (CNG) following the exile of Jean Claude Duvalier. However, within a Month, he had to resign headed by Henri Namphy due to differences
Lycee Alexandre Petion is named after the Haitian President and was founded in Port-au-Prince in 1816
It was originally located where the old local Faculty of Sciences is at Rue Mgr. Guilloux, but transferred around 1870. The building was designed by architect George Baussan. For many years. Lycée Alexandre Pétion was a school of reference in Haiti.
Lycee Alexandre Petion had some of the best teachers at the time and produced several generations of writers and politicians. Some of the well known individuals who attended the school include: Dumarsais Estime, François Duvalier, Prosper Avril, Martial Celestin, Yvon Neptune, Jean Price Mars, René Depestre, Jacques Stephen Alexis and Frankétienne.