Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo


Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo is the Head of the Education Unit of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa since January 2015. The Office is covering nine countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Prior to her assignment in Southern Africa,   she was the Deputy Director at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UNESCO Category I Institute) in Hamburg, Germany. During her 22 years stint at the Institute, she worked on areas of gender, youth and skills development, literacy and non-formal education, HIV preventive education in non-formal settings and citizenship education. Before joining UNESCO in 1993, she was Assistant Professor at University of the Philippines teaching sociology and other social science subjects. She was also involved in a wide range of researches commissioned by the World Bank, UNIFEM, UNICEF and ILO in the areas of Urban Poor Women, Child Labor, International Migration and Youth Studies. Simultaneous to her work at the University and undertaking research, she was also the Director of the Center for Women’s Resource, a nation-wide NGO involved in training and research on women’s issues. This is where she honed her popular education and training skills.

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