A TELEVISED EDUCATION WITH FAR-REACHING IMPACT
Since its launch in March 2015, SAT-7 KIDS My School program has been addressing the educational needs of displaced and underprivileged Arab children. Currently, 1.3 million children, parents, and teachers watch the show daily.
How can we reach the millions of Arab children unable to attend school? Will we ever see a day where peace reigns in the Middle East? Is it possible to teach children to be leaders who love and respect all peoples? Through the far-reaching, cost effective SAT-7 program called My School, we can.
Alongside core subjects of Math, Arabic, English, and Science, four new segments have been added to the upcoming third season to meet the needs of the growing number of children either out of school or at risk of missing their education due to conflict, war, dislocation, lack of funds, and competing priorities. In the Middle East, 1 in 5 children cannot attend school due to conflict.
These new segments include:
- an interactive figure-drawing segment called ‘I Can Draw’;
- a lifestyle segment entitled ‘Nour’s Diary’;
- a therapeutic storytelling segment called ‘My Story’; and
- ‘Oops’ an entertaining five-minute science experiment segment.
Miss Shams, a math teacher and presenter for My School, explains the connection the program is developing with children. “Everywhere I go, I meet Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Iraqi kids. They say, ‘Hey you’re the math teacher!’ Once I met a woman whose son is 12 years old and very sick. He couldn’t go to school, but since he has been watching My School at home, she said it’s as if he’s going to school.”
A mother from Egypt emailed SAT-7 to share how watching My School has helped her son: “Watching a couple of episodes has made him learn a lot, to the point that the school teachers were astonished by his intelligence upon taking his placement test despite his young age. What made them more surprised is when I told them that this success was due to the wonderful My School program on SAT-7 KIDS!”
With the launch September 1st of SAT-7’s newest channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY, which will air My School daily, there are yet other ways to gain a basic education via satellite-broadcast educational television that reaches any family in the region.