Abu-Bakr Madden Al-Shabazz is the Black History officer for Race Council Cymru’s Black History 365 (BH365) initiative, providing presentations, consultation, and training for Welsh schools in Black/African histories for pupils and teachers. He has also provided consultation for local authorities and third sector organisations in education and teacher training. Abu-Bakr was also selected by Race Council Cymru to provide educational consultation for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Communities, Contributions and Cynefin in the New Curriculum Working Group in July of 2020. Black or BAME history will now be mandatory from the 19th of March 2020 when the Minister of Education accepted all 51-recommendations outlined in a report by Professor Charlotte Williams who headed the working group making the BHC365 alive which was already being implemented.
At present Abu-Bakr is a special educational teacher for Caerphilly County Borough Council. He is also a cultural historian, parenting & child development consultant and psychotherapist for the African Community Centre in Swansea. He also teaches childcare and health and social care as a lecturer at the City of Bristol College and has provided Anti-Racist training and Cultural Competence seminars for local authorities, transnational companies, and corporate firms around England and Wales.
Abu-Bakr processes three university degrees consisting of; one undergraduate award and two postgraduate certificates from Cardiff University where he did his internship and taught undergraduates and postgraduate students in social studies and post-education at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences in 2011 – 2012 when he was nominated that year to receive the prestigious Student Enrichment Award for raising the academic standards of undergraduate students in Forensic Coaching and Dissertation Presentations with those having learning difficulties. He also won the best Special Education Needs report during his internship in teaching and learning scholarship programme to eventually go onto become the very first qualified teacher to provide advance training to Cardiff University’s postgraduate students’ professional development and scholarship programme on dyslexia, hyperlexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and dysgraphia after graduating in 2012. Abu-Bakr also hold thirteen professional or advance diplomas ranging from counselling & guidance, civil rights movement, teaching & learning, psychology, sociology, economics, professional cookery, communication skills, food & beverage service, special educational needs & disability, higher education, and social science mentoring which makes him an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary specialist.
Abu-Bakr gained numerous roles and responsibilities in his profession such as a: teacher training supervisor, high school therapist in counselling and guidance, head of department, Head of KS3 & KS4, deputy head teacher, assistant head teacher, curriculum designer, scheme of work trainer, historian, visiting lecturer, sociologist researcher, social psychologist, and anthropologist.
In 2009 Abu Bakr became the first person to write, create and assess the very first accredited Black and African History Studies Programme for Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning for 9 years and was also the first to run black history workshops for the Black History Month Cymru/Wales and was the original founder, with special interests in promoting educational workshops for adults and children throughout Wales. At present Abu Bakr is engaged in running child development courses with focus on modern parenting and he is assisting schools and other educational authorities in delivering effective BAME history training seminars for schools and colleges in lesson plans. classroom management, and cognitive child development along with anti-racist training and cultural competence CPD programmes throughout Wales.