Why Comics? brings contemporary humanitarian and social issues (such as racism, conflict, migration, trafficking and climate change) into the classroom through interactive literary comic books based on real-life testimony. Our resources build empathy and enhance learning for 7-18-year-old students and teachers alike, alongside national-curriculum relevant lesson plans to support multiple subjects.

Why Comics? is based at the SOAS, University of London where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. We are delighted to announce Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Centre, Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies Director, Human Rights Watch and Lyse Doucet, Chief Foreign Correspondent, BBC as patrons of Why Comics?! 

Why Comics? embeds ethnographic comics and animations with a wealth of contextual multimedia devices (such as news articles, maps, videos, infographics and reports) to educate, inspire and engage pupils across a wide demographic.

Why Comics? encourages critical and reflective thinking on vital global themes, whilst encouraging learners to make connections between their own lives and lives of others throughout the world thereby helping tackle racism and intolerance in schools.

“Looking at Merha’s story in class online made it ok for me to talk about my family’s experience, suddenly it’s like the other kids understand me and know where I’m coming from. I’ve felt much more included since then”, Pupil aged 16, State-Secondary College, Birmingham, UK.

Our resources are already being used in over 650 schools in 27 countries (and counting).

Please contact us at info@whycomics.org if you would like any further information. Thank you. 


Why Comics? is based at the Faber Building, SOAS University of London.

Registered Charity Number: 1172791

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