Schools by Satellite

Resource-sharing helps T.V. educators develop a trauma-informed perspective

Rex Rogers and Scott Vander Kooy prepare to record a live post for Facebook highlighting the importance of educational access for refugees

Sat-7 is a Christian satellite television network broadcasting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish across 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The organization is distributing copies of Tent Schools International’s “Beyond PTSD” guide for educators to their staff in Lebanon as they put together broadcasts for three Arabic-language satellite channels of Christian educational content in the Middle East.

“Trauma is a huge issue,” said Rex Rogers, President of Sat-7 USA. “You get into the camps, you meet families, you meet the mothers. School for the children is checkered. The children go five, six, seven years without it. You blink and it’s gone.”

Rogers says many of the children’s male relatives have been either killed in conflict or are away looking for work, which contributes to a feeling of hopelessness among refugee families left in the camps.

“What they have experienced is a long list of things confronting them,” he said.

Like Tent Schools International, Sat-7 has done much of its work in Lebanon because of the high concentration of refugees there. A shared goal of both organizations is access to trauma-informed education.

Learn more about resources like our “Beyond PTSD” guide at tentschoolsint.org/resources.