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36-YEARS OLD TEACHER WITH DOWN SYNDROME TAKES PART IN TV SHOW “MALE / FEMALE” ON THE 1ST TV CHANNEL

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A new episode of TV show “Male / Female” on the 1st TV Channel was dedicated to stories of those people who took the most important decision of their lives – to help others.
One of the heroes of the show is Andrey Zakharov, 36 years old, from Perm. Andrey has Down Syndrome. He tutors at school and helps children with the same condition to learn. Together they learn poems by heart, read books and play tubs. Apart from tutoring, Andrey is fond of playing chess, darts, swimming and running.
Yulia Lentieva – Head of Department of Schoolchildren and Young Adults Support of “Downside Up” – also took part in the show and acted as the expert:
- I have to admit that Andrey is doing really great. He is doing a big deal, - told Yulia Lentieva. – Moreover, he is a real sportsman, a hero. He is tutoring children with Down Syndrome who have difficulties in, for example, learning poems by heart or starting a conversation. Helping others is really very important. Andrey is charismatic, he knows a lot and he can share a lot with kids. They like to spend time together; they don’t have any barriers in communication. Andrey is an open-hearted person; he treats everything he does sincerely. I do wish to all children with Down Syndrome to achieve more and to learn more and more. I know that kids with Down Syndrome can make excellent progress, they can learn, they go to schools and kindergartens if they are brought up in a family full of love.
(Addresing to Andrey’s mother) I strongly wish that Andrey becomes more than just a volunteer-tutor and that he has a successful working life.

The air of TV show “Male / Female” dated 31 May 2019 is accessible via link: https://vk.com/video-70494454_456239365