The Bolivarian Society held its regular monthly meeting at the President Roberto F. Chiari Library on January 24. Coinciding with the International Education Day, more than 80 people gathered to recognize the educational contributions of the Liberator Simón Bolívar. In his welcoming remarks, Orlando Acosta, coordinator of the Historical Memory Unit, pointed out that the liberator, as early as 1815 in his letter of Jamaica and in 1824 in the Amphictyonic Congress, was well aware of the important geographic position of the isthmus.
Afterwards, Dr. Carlos Guevara Mann, president of the Bolivarian Society, stressed the importance of the Bolivarian legacy in the isthmus and pointed out that “Bolivar should be recognized as the precursor of the Panama Canal” and that “Bolivar’s interest in the inter-oceanic route remained valid until his death”. The attendees listened to Dr. Juan Camilo Salas Cardona and his dissertation “Bolivar’s educational thought and the development of conscience”.