In March 2015, SAT-7 responded to the urgent need of providing education for refugee children by launching a series of television programs called Madrassati (in English, “My School”). Over time, Madrassati has proven a great success, with more than 1 million children watching the program daily. Madrassati demonstrates God’s love by bringing hope to over 13 million Arab children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa, to young refugees, displaced people and those living in poverty with no access to school or support in their learning. This 20-minute program offers on-air lessons for children aged 5-12 in primary-level Arabic, Math, Science, English and French.
Recently, in March 2017, SAT-7 decided to launch a new educational satellite television channel that would offer a 24/7 Arabic kids channel, called ACADEMY. This new channel, SAT-7 ACADEMY holistically provides MENA children, parents, and teachers complimentary/non-formal educational opportunities based upon the channel’s programming pillars: Education, Health, and Social Development. Madrassati is one of the most successful programs on the channel.
In response to COVID-19, noting the increased demand for accessible and complimentary educational material, SAT-7 ACADEMY has scaled up its output of Madrassati. It has done this in the form of distributing more than 1,000 educational videos via its social media platforms so that children can continue their learning while at home on their computer or smartphone. In addition to this, the teachers of My School go live from their homes three times per week giving students the opportunity to ask questions or gain further support directly from the teacher. For the children to watch our live classes, their parents can “Like” Madrassati Facebook page and to watch previous programs they can go to YouTube.