Luce Ben Aben School, circa 1899
|Institutions||Luce Ben Aben School (Luce's school for Muslim girls) in Algiers, Algeria|
Luce Ben Aben School
Eugénie Luce started the Luce Ben Aben School, in 1845. It was the first Franco-Arab school for Muslim girls, dispensing a European-style education. Girls learned French,Arabic, arithmetic, embroidery, geography and sewing. The school was funded by the French Algeria government until 1861, after which it became a trade school. They taught embroidery and other subjects in order to educate the girls in traditional Algerian crafts, at a time when these crafts were being replaced by machine-made imports. These goods were exported throughout Algeria, as well as Europe and the United States.
The school was forced to close on 1 January 1846 because of lack of financial support from the local French government. Eugénie went to Paris to ask for help from the central government, after having managed to get support for school, it was reopened in June 1846. In January 1847 the French government formally agreed to support the school.
In 1858 she had over 120 pupils of different age groups. This school produced skilled embroideresses, who appeared in the London Exhibition of 1862, in the Algerian Pavilion of the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition at Chicago.
The school continued under Madame Luce’s daughter and later her granddaughter, Madame Luce Ben-Aben.
- Rogers 2013.
- Rogers, Rebecca E. "Promoting the Welfare of Indigenous Women: Franco-Algerian Itineraries (1845-1915)". Workshop Papers. Berkshrie Conference of Women Historians. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- Rogers, Rebecca (1 January 2012). "A l'école arabe de Mme Luce" [At the Arab school of Mrs. Luce]. L'Histoire (in French) (371): 52. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- "Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery I, Algiers, Algeria". World Digital Library. 1899. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- "Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery II, Algiers, Algeria". World Digital Library. 1899.
- Conybeare-Grezel, C (14 May 1981). "La scolarisation des filles musulmanes, une entreprise difficile" [The scolarization of muslim girls, a difficult enterprise]. L'Algérianiste (in French) (14). Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Further reading
- Rogers, Rebecca (2013). A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804784313. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
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