Join us to find out how freedom in education is making the ‘social gap’ irrelevant in rural Guatemala, as our freedom partners educate the poor at a for-profit school, called La Cima. Antonio Calí and Lorena Palmieri partnered together to establish La Cima school in January 2015 with the vision of empowering people through freedom in education that circumvents the government’s educational regulations. Believing that education can provide economic mobility in impoverished communities, they seek to remove the ‘victim mentality’ that is deep-rooted throughout the highlands, by equipping youth with the tools to improve their lives. Currently in its early and experimental stages, La Cima provides quality education at low prices for the community, without interfering with the all-powerful Education Ministry’s unions interests. And they have received quality endorsements from several local public teachers, who urge parents to send their kids to La Cima in the afternoons to reinforce what they learn at the public schools. Read more here.
- 1:00 p.m. Webinar Begins with Antonio, Lorena, and Brad
- 1:30 p.m. Ask Your Questions during Q & A
- 1:45 p.m. Webinar Concludes
Lorena Palmieri de Morales is co-founder and board member of the Faith and Freedom Institute, a think tank created in 2014 to promote individual liberty and Christian values. The organization works with people from rural areas of Guatemala, pastors, and entrepreneurs to spread market-liberal principles within faith communities. The institute was inspired by Acton Institute and was founded while Lorena was still a student at the Michael Polanyi College at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), in a liberal arts program based on self-organized learning and creative leadership. Together with her husband Fernando, she ran the translation to Spanish of the DVD Series PovertyCure and the award-winning film Poverty, Inc. She worked on the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc. as the Latin America Engagement Coordinator and Promoter. Lorena is passionate about reducing poverty through markets and entrepreneurship.
The second of eleven children, Antonio Cali was born 16 October 1974 in the province of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. He Became independent from his parents at the age of thirteen. He was one of the few young men in his village to finish high school, and later he graduated as a teacher from the Public University in Guatemala. He worked for four years as a teacher. He then turned to painting in the village tradition.
Later, Antonio started being a self-thought in economics after he found Universidad Francisco Marroquin ́s New Media website. The videos began to answer his questions about why his province was poor, and they raised new questions. Antonio got a small group of friends together, and they started reading Manuel Ayau’s textbook, The Economic Process. They began to watch videos by other free market thinkers on the UFM website, to read more books, and to get together to discuss and help each other understand.
One of Antonio’s biggest revelations had to do with the role of the entrepreneur. Everywhere in his community, business people were supposed to be the “bad guys.” He realized that to make a real difference; he needed to become an entrepreneur. He looked around and saw how many opportunities were lost because poor people can’t get a loan. Today, he gets lots of referrals from the bank next door to his microfinance office, named Entrepreneurial Vision
Being interested in improving educational quality, He founded La CIMA, in January 2015, a school that is based on a vision of empowering people on having freedom in education circumventing government’s educational regulation.
Finally, he is an active member and founder of IDEAS-Comalapa, a de facto Think Tank that seeks to disseminate market-liberal principles without the usual libertarian jargon, making it accessible to regular folks. He now has a radio show two times per week on a local radio Station.
Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network.