Amid a rise in religious intolerance “sensitivity” is key, Alistair Burt told delegates at a Conservative Party fringe event on Wednesday 3 October. “Incidents of religious intolerance and religious discrimination are on the rise across the globe,” Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, said on Wednesday. He was speaking at a prayer breakfast on religious […]
A lost generation
Our concern that an entire generation could lose out on any schooling because of war, poverty and displacement led SAT-7 to begin its on-air classroom-style programming, My School. For every school day this offers quality teaching in maths, English, Arabic, science, art and craft, psycho-social support, health and values education.
In September 2017 SAT-7 launched SAT-7 ACADEMY, the first TV channel in the region dedicated to education, healthcare and social development for all the family.
SAT-7 ACADEMY will particularly focus on:
- Education: inclusive, quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities
- Health: to promote healthy lifestyles, self-resilience and well-being
- Social development: programmes that promote equality and full citizenship rights for all, regardless of race or religion, and that enable critical thinking and conflict resolution.
His Grace Bishop Angaelos
“Education is one of the greatest answers to the problems of the Middle East.” His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK
SAT-7's educational programmes will develop skills that are too often overlooked in the region - creative and critical thinking, listening and adaptive skills, compassion and tolerance. By helping viewers reach their potential and promoting love for neighbour, we will offer a vision for Middle East societies where all are valued and all can flourish.
Dr Mike Bassous
“Our cry for an education channel dates back about a decade. SAT-7 comes as an answered prayer and an answered call. Only through educating the new generation will we be able to cast new values in the region and will we be able to educate them about what democracy really means in the region. We find that the timing of SAT-7 ACADEMY is perfect for the region.” Dr Mike Bassous, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Lebanon
SAT-7 has always been committed to holistic programming, with the aim of ministering to people in every area of life - spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical. And we have a long track record of doing this, producing and broadcasting programmes that have positively impacted lives across the region.
These programmes have included dramas promoting the rights of children and women, documentaries and game shows that have shown the potential of people with disabilities, and talk shows that strengthen families or promote inter-communal understanding.
“Complex, powerful questions” were asked by a panel of MPs and NGO leaders on the UK’s treatment and integration of refugees at a Labour Party conference fringe event organised by SAT-7 and Christians on the Left. Heather Staff, of the Resettlement, Asylum & Migration Policy (RAMP) group, who acted as chair, was summing up the discussion involving MPs David Lammy, […]
Searching for something educational and engaging for his grandchildren to watch on television, Lebanese grandfather Boutros came across SAT-7 ACADEMY’s programme My School. Now, watching My School together has become a regular family activity that benefits and bonds two generations. Boutros is a retired carpenter from Lebanon. He looks forward to spending time with his grandchildren – eight-year-old twins Aya […]
Youth talking to youth: this is the theme of iNews, one of the many engaging educational shows on SAT-7 ACADEMY. Almost 100 episodes have been made so far, with two more being filmed every week, says Fadi Taher, the director of Icon Media, a Cairo production house that creates a number of programmes screened by SAT-7. The programmes have a […]
Although rich in history and natural beauty, Lebanon’s countryside has been ravaged by war, unchecked development and poor stewardship of the land. But Christian-led environmental projects with local communities are restoring wetlands and creating green spaces that locals are proud of. Chris Naylor, Executive Director of environmental charity A Rocha, reports on a recent visit. History is written in the […]
A new SAT-7 ARABIC discussion show is revealing the important role Christians have played in building Arab societies and culture. With the input of guests from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), House of Wisdom raises awareness of the region’s Christian past and key historical figures, including poets, physicians, and scientists. The programme’s title comes from the name of a landmark academic […]
On a recent trip to Lebanon, Katerina Parpa, a member of SAT-7’s international Communications team, visited a learning centre that uses SAT-7 ACADEMY’s educational programmes to help refugee children thrive. Here she reflects on the experience and the heart-warming moments she shared with the Syrian and Iraqi children. “Merhaba!” (“Hello!”) said a little Syrian girl dressed in a red hoody. […]
Amir struggled to get his autistic son the help he needed. Schools were rejecting him and getting him to learn was painstaking. Yet Amir knew that “God never makes anything bad”. On a recent episode of the SAT-7 show Speak Up, Amir shared how faith and perseverance changed his son’s future. School is a challenge for many parents. The constant […]
Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7 has launched a special Arabic language DVD resource to support the growing numbers of UK Christian churches and individuals who are becoming involved in resettling Syrian refugee families in the UK. The Bedtime Stories DVD resource includes six 18-minute bedtime story videos and two 50-minute episodes of SAT-7’s ground-breaking My School Arabic language education programmes. […]