SAT-7 is a Christian satellite television network, by and for the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SAT-7 began broadcasting in 1996 with a two-hour-long weekly program in Arabic. Today, SAT-7 broadcasts 24/7 on five channels in the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages.
In response to the educational crisis in Syria, SAT-7 began producing the educational program My School in 2015. It was broadcast on SAT-7 KIDS, aiming to complement the educational efforts of the governments in countries hosting refugees and NGOs. According to audience research, over 1.3 million children in MENA watched this program in 2016, with an estimated 1 million children watching at least once a week – most daily.
As a result of this positive response to My School, and a conviction to do more to address the wider educational and development needs of the the region, a new channel: SAT-7 ACADEMY, was launched on 1 September 2017.
As part of this development, and to ensure best practice in all aspects of the resourcing and production of future educational and development programming for all SAT-7 channels, SAT-7 International established SAT-7 Education & Development in 2017.