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October 26, 2018

Neymar Jr. teams up with Humanity & Inclusion to make a difference in children’s lives

HI Global Ambassador Neymar Jr. holds a heart shaped origami up to his heart during the filming of "Teacher Kids."

World-famous soccer star becomes the first student of the
TEACHER KIDS school

October 26, Paris, France—Humanity & Inclusion launched an awareness campaign today promoting access to school for children with disabilities, with the participation of its global ambassador, international soccer sensation, Neymar Jr. 

Learning at the Teacher Kids school

The goal of HI’s Teacher Kids campaign, supported by Neymar Jr., is to shed light on the talents of every child with disabilities and what they can teach their peers.

Teacher Kids is the first virtual school where the teachers are children with physical, sensorial or intellectual disabilities. As an ambassador of the international NGO Humanity & Inclusion, Neymar Jr. wanted to support this cause by becoming its very first student. The soccer star, who has 103 million followers on Instagram, learned origami, sign language, dance steps and relaxation techniques from children with disabilities.

32 million of children with disabilities deprived of a school-based education

Thirty-two million children with disabilities around the world do not have access to school. Inappropriate teaching methods, the absence of support systems, or a staircase that puts a physical obstacle between the child and the school are among the many causes of inaccessibility.

HI has been campaigning for all children, whatever their disability, to access education since 2004. By implementing innovative initiatives, such as mobile teachers and inclusive classes in mainstream schools, the NGO enables 150,000 children to be enrolled in school every year in countries like Togo, Burkina Faso, and Nepal.

However, the organization wants to go a step further. These children, because of the specific sensitivities they develop, and the work-around mechanisms they acquire, have so much to teach their peers. The NGO is now inviting every child with a disability to contribute to the Teacher Kids teaching community. Using short videos, everyone can pass on their knowledge, an idea, or a great tip to broadcast and share on the platform https://www.teacherkids.org

Post a lesson! > https://www.teacherkids.org
Make a donation! > https://www.hi-us.org/school4all

NOTE TO EDITORS

_HI and Herezie spokespersons are available for interviews in English and French.

_Official photos available here

_HD campaign video available here

About Humanity & Inclusion

Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International) is an independent international aid organization. It has been working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster for 36 years.  Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable groups, our action and testimony focus on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and basic rights. Since its founding in 1982, HI has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergencies.  The network of eight national associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) works constantly to mobilize resources, jointly manage projects and to increase the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. HI is one of six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997; and winner of the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.  HI takes action and campaigns in places where “living in dignity” is no easy task.

About Neymar Jr. and the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr. became HI's Global Ambassador on August 15, 2017, at an event in Geneva. From the top of the city's iconic, Broken Chair monument, on Place des Nations, Neymar Jr. sent a message to the nations of the world, calling for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Symbolically, this message took the form of a soccer ball bearing the Handicap International logo, shot down the flag aisle in front of the Palais des Nations.

This commitment with an international NGO is in line with his social commitment in Brazil, where he created the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. in 2014, located in Jardim Glória, Praia Grande. The project is extremely important for the player's family: Neymar da Silva Santos, Nadine Gonçalves and their two children Neymar Jr. and Rafaella. It is there that they lived part of the children's childhood.

Instituto Projecto Neymar Jr. was created to help children, adolescents and their families living in the area. This non-profit association now welcomes thousands of underprivileged children and their families to an 8,400 square meter educational and sports complex. The INJR provides children with a variety of artistic, sporting and educational activities, and seeks to work with the whole family. Parents also receive support from qualified professionals who can help them and their children as citizens, now and in the future.

About Herezie Group

Herezie Group is France’s second largest independent group, named independent communication group of the year 2016. The group includes the 5th Left (digital), Vaudoo (shopper marketing), and of course Herezie (advertising).

Additional media contact available at Herezie Group: Michael Boamah |+ 33 7 67 89 62 32 | michael.boamah@hereziegroup.com

About LA / PAC

LA \ PAC is a film and television production company based in Paris.

The company has been able to work with the most creative talents over the years such as JP Goude, Olivero Toscani, David Lynch, Noam Murro, Reynald Gresset, Richard Avedon, Nathalie Canguilhem, Xavier Giannoli, David Bailey, Terrence Malick. Since 1972, it has gathered more than 65 Lions, a Grand Prix and a Palme d'Or.

The La \ Pac Designer Circle is rooted in branded content, films, music videos, fashion and post-production.