About Why Comics?
– Bringing contemporary humanitarian and social issues into the classroom.
Why Comics? is a new innovative charity that provides free educational resources to help teachers bring contemporary humanitarian and social issues into the classroom.
We launched the Why Comics? crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday 25 October 2016 to raise money to launch the charity and develop a new free interactive website, where students and teachers can explore vital global issues. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our important campaign.
We’ve recently pilot tested Why Comics? in over 500 schools across 26 countries (and counting). The feedback we’ve received from teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive, which tells us we’re onto a great thing here!
Why Comics? allows 14-18 year old students and their teachers to interact with global humanitarian and social issues (such as racism, migration, climate change, conflict, bullying and trafficking) through interactive literary comics based on real-life testimony embedded with multimedia.
Aimed at students and their teachers, the materials can be used to support the teaching of various subjects, such as English, Art, Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, Citizenship, History, I.T. and Geography.
Why Comics? encourages and promotes critical and reflective thinking on vital global themes, whilst encouraging learners to make connections between their own lives and the lives of others throughout the world.
In this way Why Comics? can help combat racism and intolerance in schools. “Looking at Merha’s story in class suddenly made it ok for me to talk about my families similar experience, suddenly it’s like the other kids understand me and know where I’m coming from”, Pupil, aged 16 from a State-Secondary College, UK.
Building empathy is now more important than ever, and these vital global issues are missing in schools – this is why we need your help to make Why Comics? a reality.
Who backs Why Comics? – About PositiveNegatives
The award-winning non-profit PositiveNegatives has been producing literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues for over 4 years. 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 Guardian, Open Society Foundations (OSF), BBC, The Nobel Peace Centre, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations (UN), and with leading academic institutions such as; Harvard South Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University of Sussex.