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Former Program and Safeguarding Advisor, Syria Education Programme Kouteba Al-Khalil
Kouteba Al-Khalil was formerly the program and safeguarding advisor on the Syria Education Programme. He specializes in child protection, safe programming, and capacity building. He has eight years of experience in establishing and operating child and youth protection programs and developing child safeguarding systems. His past work spans protection in emergencies, early childhood development, social-emotional learning, resilience program, mental health and psychosocial support, establishing child-friendly spaces, and developing child safeguarding procedures and policies.
by Kouteba Al-Khalil
The challenge of protecting Syrian schoolchildren predates the ongoing, decade-long war. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, safeguarding practices were rare and legal frameworks non-existent. Physical and psychological abuse as forms of discipline were, sadly, commonplace. In many Syrian schools, these problems persist. In fact, over a decade of intense conflict has exacerbated…