In a few weeks, you may find yourself driving behind school buses and passing brightly colored school supplies in storefronts. Kids will come home talking about what happened in the cafeteria or on the playground with their new friends. At SAT-7, we’re getting ready to start a new season of broadcasting, teaching viewers of all ages in the Middle East.
Seeking God’s plans for a broken Middle East education system
There are too many problems with textbook education across the Middle East. A mother in Cairo realizes her children can’t go to school because she can’t afford the mandatory uniforms. She can’t home-school them because she is illiterate. A few hours north in Alexandria, a little boy is black and blue from being beaten by his schoolteacher. In Iran, a young woman lives her Christian faith in secret isolation for fear that she’ll be expelled from university.
Even without these barriers, the curriculum in many Middle Eastern public school systems promotes rote learning – it doesn’t foster critical thinking or problem solving skills.
ACCESS TO EDUCATION EMPOWERS US
Education goes beyond reading and writing. Whether in the classroom, at church, or in a book we order on Amazon, our access to education can empower us to live a safer, more fulfilling existence. Health, Biblical devotions, social awareness, and marriage and parenting advice – for many of us in the United States, it’s all at our fingertips. But that’s not the case overseas.
At a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, a SAT-7 official recently asked the children what they want most. Nicoletta says, “When I went to the camps [in Lebanon], I was surprised. They need food, they need water, they need basic necessities met. Yet, when I asked the kids what they wanted most of all, their response? It was ‘I want to go back to school.’ Yes, basic necessities need to be met, but school provides the stability and the emotional healing they need as well. It tells them that they CAN do something about their current situation and empowers them.”
SAT-7 is using satellite television to bring these educational resources to Middle Easterners, many of whom have no other way to access them. Stay tuned next week to find out more about how we’re doing this!
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