Mayan Center for Development and Education

About Antonio

Antonio Diego Francisco Francisco teaches Chemistry and Biology and manages the science lab.  He was born in 1978 at Xoxlac, a then-large settlement of Q’anjob’al Maya located in an isolated valley about four hours east of the Maya Jaguar Center.  At the age of three, his family was forced to flee the Army massacres where they sought refuge in Quintana Roo, Chiapias.  Xoxlac, a vibrant community of 10,000 at the time of the war atrocities, never recovered.  Today, the village is inhabited by approximately 1,000 people.

In 1988, his family returned from Mexico to Guatemala, and Antonio began his studies at a Catholic school in Barillas.  He furthered his studies in science at the Landívar University of Guatemala for two years, and then specialized in Biology and Chemistry at the University del Valle. He holds a master’s degree in Philosophy.