I've been a professional photographer, working in South Asia, and have subsequently worked as a Communications Manager for the UN and various international NGOs across Asia and Africa for over 12 years. I was based in LTTE controlled Vanni, North Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 – 2008 throughout the conflict. I have a BA in Political Geography of South Asia (SOAS, 2002) an MA in Anthropology of Conflict and Violence (Sussex, 2011) and a Doctorate in Anthropology: Graphic Violence: Representing Conflict and Migration through Narratives and Illustrations (Sussex, 2016).
Thank you for your questions! To learn more about our initial research I would direct you to look at our work on comics and visual learning on our website. It seemed like a natural step for us to move more and more into informal educational environments from our previous work.
We are still in the planning and idea development phase of this challenge so we will take on your suggestions of how to make it more inclusive, and are still applying for sources of revenue.
Thank you for your feedback to improve the Why Comics? Educational Charity response. We have adapted our response to the challenge in a variety of positive new ways.
To successfully create comics for girls and women affected by conflict or disaster we will ensure that we incorporate their voices into our work. This will be done through focus groups with adult women who will help us to develop the resources that they would liked to have received around these issues as an adolescent, which will have secondary impact: ensuring the resources are context specific. Comics will be developed to be more audience specific, targeting a reduced age range. Our feedback suggested 10-14 would be the most beneficial age group for this topic. Our resources will be initially produced in English and Arabic (to suit the needs of Za’atari camp), however our long-term plan involves development of resources in a variety of languages to suit varying cultures and settings, using the initial comics as a template. All essential information will be included in the printable comics and supplementary contextual links will be available where the setting permits it, online or via PDF.
We will expand on our stakeholders, in addition to educators we will work with other influential distributors such as social workers and health care providers, we will measure impact based on role understand how this affects outcomes. Za’atari camp is an ideal setting for initial prototyping and M&E due to it’s structured nature including community centres, informal schools and child friendly spaces. After the initial phase of development for the Why Comics? response our viability will come from our current organisational structure. We will invite our formal UK and international schools to sponsor education in an informal school/setting, creating links, understanding and positive relationships across the globe.
Thanks you again for your feedback, we look forward to hearing back from you regarding the next steps.