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. […]
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.
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. […]
Challenging commonplace cultural practices There are many inherited cultural practices that have a strong and harmful hold on society in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Cruelty in classrooms and female genital mutilation (FGM) are two examples which are all too commonplace in the region. SAT-7’s newest channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY, which began broadcasting last month, seeks to create […]
Middle East satellite TV broadcaster SAT-7 launched its latest channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY, on 1 September. Broadcasting around the clock in Arabic, its top class educational programmes will offer complementary learning opportunities to millions of children and families throughout the Middle East and North Africa who have been displaced by war. It will also provide supplementary learning to millions more who […]
Has run since 2016 and follows the exploits of a teenage inventor who in each episode takes viewers on a journey filled with valuable life-lessons and aims to encourage young viewers to use their talents and abilities to help others and bring happiness into their lives.
Witnessing the struggles Alongside ACADEMY Channel Manager, Juliana Sfeir, colleague George Makeen is one of the driving forces behind SAT-7’s vision to help meet the educational needs of families in the Middle East. Makeen and Sfeir visited refugee camps in Lebanon and other parts of the MENA to assess the needs of refugees and how SAT-7 can meet them through […]
A new satellite television channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY is set to launch on 1 September. Broadcasting around the clock in Arabic, the channel will offer millions of displaced or refugee children complementary learning opportunities through a variety of television programmes. War has forced thirteen million children out of school across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Schools that have not […]
Displaced from their homes and often unable to access healthcare, refugees are especially vulnerable to an array of physical and mental health problems. SAT-7 is helping them to help themselves find healing through a series of short medical information segments. “You are your own doctor” is the message from the programme, which is presented by Dr Hany Keylada, an expert […]