In a marriage between one of Birmingham’s most ancient offices and one of the most modern of digital technologies, the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be taking part in a live ‘Day in The Life of...’ webcast.
Coun Chauhdry Rashid, who was appointed Lord Mayor in May, will be questioned by students from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth on Wednesday as part of ‘Get into Digital - a month of digital activities running throughout June and organised by Digital Birmingham.
The students will be posing questions submitted to the Lord Mayor by the general public and the session, which is due to go live at 11.10am, will be streamed live on www.getintodigital.co.uk and via the Birmingham Grid for Learning (www.bgfl.org) as well as being available for download after the event.
“Coun Rashid will be answering questions on a range of issues – his civic duties, his career, his favourite holiday or what he likes best for breakfast – anything the public have asked him,” said Chris Price, director of Digital Birmingham, the organisation charged with ensuring that the benefits of digital technology are available to all in the city.
“It’s a reflection of the superb level of political support the council’s digital initiatives are receiving that the Lord Mayor has agreed to this historic webcast as one of his first activities in his new post.
‘‘We’re sure there will be some interesting questions and answers.”
Coun Rashid said: “The thought of being in the hot seat for a range of questions from Birmingham’s citizens is most daunting, but the way in which people – especially the young – are embracing digital technologies to become involved in local democracy is very encouraging for the future.
“I encourage everyone who can get involved with the ‘Get into Digital’ to do so because the benefits of digital technologies are great for a city like Birmingham which is looking to become one of the world’s leading digital cities.”