Why Comics? Charity

Building empathy is now more important than ever, and these vital global issues are missing in schools

Please contact us at info@whycomics.org if you would like any further information, or would like to receive our free educational resources. Thank you.

About Why Comics? Education Charity

- Bringing contemporary humanitarian and social issues into the classroom.

Based at SOAS University of London, our exciting educational charity (aimed 7-18-year-olds and their teachers) communicates humanitarian and social issues through free interactive comics embedded with multimedia, alongside accompanying lesson plans.

Why Comics? tackles the gap in available, accessible, age-appropriate educational resources and potential lack of understanding. We’re taking these complex issues to wide new audiences by making them engaging, relevant and interesting.

Our innovative digital educational resources engages, raises awareness and inspires both teachers and pupils alike on a more personal level than the majority of teaching tools.
Why Comics? uses educational literary comics, based on real-life testimony, with accompanying lesson plans to explore an array of international national curriculum relevant social issues (such as migration, conflict, climate change, trafficking and refugees) and humanise the mass statistics we hear in the news.
Why Comics? allows readers to interact with contemporary social and human rights issues through the powerful use of the comic medium. It can be used to support and enhance the teaching of various subjects, such as Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Citizenship Studies, English, History, Geography, Media Studies, Psychology, Drama, Art and Design and Information Computing Technology.
Already over 650 schools in 27 countries (and counting) have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.  Our resources are currently disseminated to over 25,000 schools worldwide.

Why Comics? aims to bring these issues into the classroom to:

  1. Educate young people worldwide on contemporary humanitarian and social issues
  2. Engage and inspire both teachers and pupils alike
  3. Improve awareness, empathy and understanding of different cultures and global issues
  4. Create great, innovative educational resources

We hope that you will join us in using our free educational resources for 7-18-year-olds.

Why Comics? can be used for the following subjects:
  • Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education / Citizenship Studies
  • English Language / English Literature / ESOL / EAL
  • Information Computing / Technology
  • Geography / History / Psychology / Government and Politics
  • Art and Design / Media Studies / Drama

Check out some of our collated research, which support our Why Comics? Education Project.

Calling all secondary school teachers worldwide who’d like FREE innovative resources and lesson plans.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already filled out our short anonymous SurveyMonkey and/or given separate feedback for Why Comics?.

We're currently seeking development funding, so any additional feedback will be most welcome to support our application to potential funders.

We would really appreciate you forwarding our resources onto any interested friends or colleagues, as we’d like as many people to use them as possible.

Please contact us at info@whycomics.org if you would like any further information, or would like to receive our free educational resources. Thank you.

Who backs Why Comics?: About PositiveNegatives: PositiveNegatives has been producing literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues since 2012. We combine ethnographic research with illustration and photography, adapting personal testimonies into art, advocacy and education materials. PositiveNegatives has worked extensively with a range of organisations such as The GuardianOpen Society Foundations (OSF)BBCThe Nobel Peace CentreOverseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations (UN), and with leading academic institutions such as; Harvard South Asia Centre, SOAS and University of Sussex.