Bio Note for Hubert J Charles

Hubert John Charles is a Dominican educator with extensive national, regional, and international experience. 

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Mr. Charles began his education career at the Dominica Grammar School teaching History and Commerce. In 1973, he became the first Dominican to be appointed to the post of Headmaster at the Dominica Grammar School.

After three years at the school, Mr. Charles shifted his focus to Educational Administration and Planning becoming Permanent Secretary in Dominica’s Ministry of Education, Sports, Youth Affairs and Culture. In 1986, Mr. Charles moved to the regional level, becoming CFTC Adviser on Special Programmes at the Organisation of East Caribbean States. 

Mr. Charles joined UNESCO in 1987 with responsibility for coordinating the Caribbean Network of Educational Innovation for Development (CARNEID). In 1995, Mr. Charles moved to South Africa as UNESCO Education adviser. Subsequently, Mr. Charles served as Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Mozambique and Director and UNESCO Representative to Nigeria. Mr. Charles retired from UNESCO in 2006. 

Mr. Charles resumed work in the Caribbean and from May 2007 to December 2009, serving as President of the Dominica State College. 

In 2008, Mr. Charles released his first publication, Advocacy and Change – Promoting Innovative Approaches to Education and Culture, published by Pont Casse Press. The book is a compilation of addresses and papers covering the period 1989 – 2007. 

Mr. Charles holds a BA (Hons) in History and Economics from the University of the West Indies and a MA (History and Anthropology) from the Johns Hopkins University.