Domingo Faustino Sarmiento is a well remembered man of the nineteenth century. He was born in the province of San Juan, Argentina on 15 February 1811. He belonged to a humble family, which included his father, José Sarmiento, and his mother, Paula Albarracín, both of whom worked hard to survive. Their efforts were rewarded by their son’s accomplishments.
Sarmiento had to do difficult tasks, such as participate in the federal army and carry out all its activities, in spite of his disagreement with it. For that reason, he joined the Unitarian cause for the rest of his life. For a time, he settled in Chile to work for living. In that place, he met María Jesús del Canto. They had their only daughter, named Ana Faustina.
From then on, he did good works for education and knowledge, relevant subjects for a country, which were marginalized by so many battles.
Many generations considered him as the "Father of the Classroom." He never defrauded people who trusted in him. With actions and words, he founded several schools and associations dedicated to the education of students and teachers.
Also, Sarmiento held important positions in the government. For example, he was governor of his native province and president of the country for six years (1868-1874). He promoted education as well as the progress of communications.
During his last years, he lived in Asunción, Paraguay. On 11 September 1888, he died as a consequence of his deteriorating health. In Argentina, “Teacher’s Day” is celebrated on this date in his honor. All Argentine citizens remember him as one of the major figures who contributed to the improvement of our country.
In my opinion, I think that Sarmiento strongly changed the direction of Argentina in many ways. All of us should be grateful for his attitude, determination and work during his life for the benefit of others.
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