SOAS University of London

Why Comics?

Why Comics? Charity

Why Comics? is an educational charity based at SOAS University of London. Aimed at 14-18 year olds, the charity uses interactive comics embedded with multimedia to communicate humanitarian and social issues.

Founded by SOAS alumnus and Senior Fellow, Dr Benjamin Dix, Why Comics? tackles the gap in available, accessible, age-appropriate educational resources for an array of national curriculum relevant social issues, such as migration, conflict, climate change, trafficking and refugees. Based on real-life testimony, the comics aim to humanise the mass statistics reported in the news.

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 promoting social change, and helping tackle racism and intolerance in schools.

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

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

SOAS Director, Baroness Valerie Amos CH is also a patron of the charity.