SOAS University of London

SOAS Senior Fellow crowdfunds to launch charity to bring global issues into classroom

2 November 2016

Dr Benjamin Dix, Senior Fellow at SOAS University of London, is crowdfunding to launch an educational charity to bring global issues into the classroom.

Why Comics? a new educational charity, brings issues such as racism, conflict, trafficking & climate change into the classroom. Why Comics? is aimed at 14-18 year old students and their teachers, and communicates humanitarian and social issues through interactive comics. The charity provides innovative educational resources, embedded with multimedia such as maps, news articles and videos. Each resource is accompanied by national-curriculum lesson plans for various subjects. The comic acts as a ‘hook’, building empathy and creating talking points for wider issues.

Dr Benjamin Dix, is a SOAS Senior Fellow and the Founder and Director of the company Positive Negatives. He uses journalism and ethnographic research methods to disseminate complex testimonies concerning international human rights issues through sequential art. He has produced a series of acclaimed projects for the Guardian, BBC, and Open Society Foundation focusing on migrants and refugees.

Why Comics? has so far raised nearly £10,000 of the £20,000 needed for this project. To find out more about this project, visit the Why Comics? page.