Around 33,000 teenagers are to be given tickets to the Paralympic Games ©Rio 2016/Alex Ferro

Rio 2016 and the Rio de Janeiro State Government have partnered to provide Paralympic tickets to 33,000 local teenagers.

The initiative has been organised through the Rio 2016 education programme, Transforma, who were tasked with promoting the Olympic and Paralympic values to seven million young people in Brazil.

They have attempted to promote Olympic and Paralympic sports in more than 12,000 schools, through a series of sports festivals.

Their efforts have also been designed to strengthen the role of sport in education and encourage young people to have a more active lifestyle.

"The Paralympic Games, like the Olympic Games, are for everyone, for all sections of society, and for this reason we have created this initiative to ensure students from public schools across the state of Rio get the chance to take part in this festival of top-level sport,” said Vanderson Berbat, head of Transforma.

“Sport plays a key role in education, improving academic performance and encouraging active, healthy lifestyles, so it is crucial to encourage young people to get involved.

“Being exposed to new sports and seeing these incredible athletes with their own eyes will be an inspirational experience.

“We also believe that Paralympic sport plays an important role in encouraging an inclusive society, and that by attending these events, the children will be better equipped to contribute to this ideal.”

Under the ticket initiative, students between the ages of 15 and 19 are to be provided with tickets, transport, food and supporters’ t-shirts.

Schools in all 92 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro have been allocated tickets, which are available for every sport and the Opening Ceremony.

A separate campaign launched to get Brazilian children to fill empty seats at the Paralympics also received the official backing of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Rio 2016 in the build up to the Games.

The #FillTheSeats initiative, which was established last week, had originally aimed to raise $15,000 (£11,400/€13,400) to allow 500 youngsters to attend the Games for free.

Since it was unveiled last Tuesday (August 23), $46,931 (£35,359/€41,913) has been generated, prompting the IPC and Rio 2016 to ask for the campaign to stay open to ensure more children in Brazil will get the chance to go to the Paralympics, which get underway on September 7.

The campaign, launched by former London 2012 marketing director Greg Nugent, officially began with donations from wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, a three-time Paralympic Games gold medallist and multiple world champion, and sister Hannah.

It then received the support of British pop-rock band Coldplay, who performed at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics.