Expo 2020: Smethwick students to promote Commonwealth Games and UK – BBC News

The Commonwealth Games will be getting a push in Dubai this weekend, with the help of students from Birmingham.
The Queens Baton Relay will be recreated in a smaller form at the Expo 2020 event, with the baton moving between pavilions set up to represent Commonwealth countries.
Abdullahi, a student from Smethwick, has been chosen to hold the baton after winning a debating contest.
He said he was "extremely shocked" to have been picked.
Abdullahi and fellow Shireland Collegiate Academy student Rushma will travel to Dubai to be part of a UK Trade and Investment delegation, including between eight and 10 students.
They were selected after taking part in a Debate Mate contest, in which the pair took on the roles of prime minister and chancellor and spoke about issues that mattered to them.
Abdullahi spoke about poverty and homelessness, which he said were "big issues" in the Smethwick area.
Rushma argued for the need to integrate race in the school curriculum.
They were crowned the top two performers in the 13-18 age group and will both be involved in events on the Expo stages to showcase the best of the UK and the Commonwealth Games.
Rushma, who has been asked to speak about mental health at the Expo, said she felt "excited".
"It's great to be talking about subjects people choose not to talk about," she added.
"All my friends have been so supportive and one of my favourite bits about it was telling them."
Their teacher, Lewis Moore, said the students did not appear daunted by the responsibility of representing the UK and joked "their CVs look better than mine".
He also said the school was "super proud" to have been chosen to promote the UK and the Commonwealth Games.
They are due to fly to Dubai on 6 February.
Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to: [email protected]
Search for 2,022 baton-bearers before Games
Commonwealth Games urged to deliver on promises
Games relay bosses seek inspiring baton-bearers
Queen starts Commonwealth Games baton relay
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Dubai Expo 2020
UK Trade & Investment
Stechford: tribute to mum-of-two killed by man who took own life
James Morris MP: After arrests of ringleaders car cruising has reduced
Every UK home could get £200 towards bills – and millions will have council tax cut by £150
Walsall Crash Bang Wallop 'deeply saddened' by tragic death of young boy
Government's 'levelling up' agenda to boost Wolverhampton house prices and rents
Saddlers Centre to be revamped in £36m scheme to boost footfall in town centre
Information about BBC links to other news sites
US troop increase in Europe destructive – Russia
Female activist latest to be 'arrested' by Taliban
Life inside the Beijing Winter Olympics bubble
Life inside the Beijing Winter Olympics bubble
The illegal Brazilian gold you may be wearing. Video
Ukraine far from minds in picture postcard Russia
Ukraine's teenage rock band singing for peace. Video
How Covid brought new roles for theatre actors. Video
Iran accused in anti-Israel fake social media plot
Why is Myanmar's military so brutal?
India's job crisis leading to a 'nowhere generation'
'I have had more time, silence and solitude to write'
This is Our BBC
Celebrating 100 years of the BBC in two minutes!
The greatest skier you've never heard of…
Meet Markus Eder, an Olympian taking his extreme skiing across the world!
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.