Tanzeela Umer

With nearly twenty years of experience in the education sector, both in UK and Pakistan, Tanzeela is currently working as a freelance trainer with a keen interest in youth empowerment, social cohesion and ‘Prevent’.

With extensive experience of working with extremely marginalised communities, particularly Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black African/ Caribbean boys from the most disadvantaged areas of Leeds, Tanzeela has developed and delivered several projects and intervention programmes, designed to tackle barriers affecting BME achievement and integration. She was instrumental in setting up the first BME parents’ forum in Leeds, thus mobilising a large group of hard to reach BME parents from various communities to meet regularly in order to discuss and solve issues affecting their children’s progress in schools. She also organised the first ever conference in Lahore (Pakistan) addressing the importance of parental involvement in children’s education and well-being, unique in the sense that it was ‘for the parents – by the parents’ and was attended by a large number of mothers.

Accredited by the home office to deliver the Prevent (WRAP) training, her current work includes training, workshops and school assemblies around PREVENT. She is also working on a project commissioned by the Leeds Beckett University to help young Asian girls explore and reach their true potential.

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.