Sadiki College

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Sadiki College

Sadiki College, also known as Collège Sadiki (Tunisian Arabic: المدرسة الصادقية‎, "El-Sadqiya High School"), is a lycée (high school) in Tunis, Tunisia. It was established in 1875. Associations formed by its alumni played a major role in the early constitutionalist movement in the country.[1]

Noted alumni include ex-President Habib Bourguiba,[2] politicians Mohamed Mzali [3] and Mustapha Ben Jafar.[citation needed] Another alumnus was the creative writer Mahmoud Messadi.[4]

Sadiki historically has provided a bicultural, bilingual education. Many of the Tunisian elites, including Bourguiba, graduated from this school. These elites filled the positions of top responsibility of the Destour party. Charles A. Micaud of The Western Political Quarterly said "[i]ts realistic strategy of struggle against colonialism became convincing even to Zitūna students, many of whom came to form the medium and lower cadres of the party."[4] The graduates of Sadiki placed a bilingual education system in Tunisia after its independence.[4]


Khayr al-Diyn Pacha al-Tunisi, a reformer, had founded the school in 1875.[5] On 25 June 1958 President of Tunisia Habib Bourguiba delivered a speech at the school, declaring that in secondary schools, all subjects will eventually be taught in Arabic instead of French throughout Tunisia.[6]

See also


  • Micaud, Charles A. "Bilingualism in North Africa: Cultural and Sociopolitical Implications." The Western Political Quarterly. March 1974. Volume 27, Issue 1. p. 92-103. Available on Jstor


  1. ^ International Society ‘From Below’: Civil Society and the Expansion of International Society (DRAFT VERSION; Paper Presented at the Pan-European International Relations Conference, University of Kent at Canterbury, 9 September 2001)
  2. ^ President Habib Bourguiba - The official site with news, interviews, photos and audio clips
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee - Organisation - Structures
  4. ^ a b c Micaud 93.
  5. ^ Daoud, Mohamed. "Arabization in Tunisia: The Tug of War." Issues in Applied Linguistics. 1991. Volume 2, Issue 1. p. 9. Retrieved on 13 April 2012. ISSN 1050-4273
  6. ^ Daoud, Mohamed. "Arabization in Tunisia: The Tug of War." Issues in Applied Linguistics. 1991. Volume 2, Issue 1. p. 15. Retrieved on 13 April 2012. ISSN 1050-4273

Coordinates: 36°47′54″N 10°09′59″E / 36.79833°N 10.16639°E / 36.79833; 10.16639

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