A symposium to establish international standards and practices for safeguarding Bangladeshi school students was held on Sunday.  

The symposium, organised by the British Council at its auditorium in the capital’s Fuller road, underlined the United Kingdom’s safeguarding best practices, safeguarding in Bangladesh’s educational institutions and a roadmap for constructing a framework for the country.

In keynote speech, Emily Konstantas, chief-executive-officer of the UK’s Safeguarding Alliance, discussed the legal frameworks and international safeguarding standards, specifically highlighting the best practices in schools within the UK and contextualisation guidance.

‘We believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We will continue collaborating to create a safe environment where no child or adult is at risk,’ said Tom Miscioscia, British Council director to Bangladesh.

Referring to policies and frameworks to safeguard students in educational institutions in Bangladesh, AQM Shafiul Azam, director for planning and development at the directorate of secondary and higher education, said that ensuring these policies and frameworks in practice was everyone’s responsibility. 

Simon O’Grady, founding headmaster of Haileybury Bhaluka School, said that as education leaders, they must had the best safeguarding practices, ensuring that all schools met international standards.

The safeguarding team of the British Council explained the methodology for cultivating a safeguarding culture, highlighting the fundamental elements of an effective safeguarding culture and clarifying the significance of fostering such a culture.

Safeguarding experts from the UK and Bangladesh and representatives of schools were present at the event. 

Bangladesh Safeguarding Alliance for educators was launched to enable all schools to share best policies and practices on safeguarding in the programme.  

The Safeguarding Alliance is a global organisation that works at the government level to build country-specific national safeguarding systems.

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