A classroom in Sierra Leone with a girl in the front wearing a white blouse, blue skirt and a big smile while she reads from a textbook

Safe, inclusive, quality learning in Sierra Leone

Jon FlinnGlobal development

Sierra Leone’s education system has been impacted by several major emergencies in recent decades – from civil war, to Ebola, to COVID19. Yet its actors are committed to delivering improvements in education outcomes, specifically in terms of attendance, performance, safety and inclusion. Leh Wi Lan is part of the Sierra Leone Secondary Education Improvement Programme II (SSEIP II), which is …

A group of smiling school children in blue school uniform and white shirts walk away from school towards the camera

Quality learning for all children in Tanzania

Jon FlinnGlobal development

While most children go to school in Tanzania, education outcomes remain challenging with only 8% of students reaching the national benchmark for reading fluency and 12% reaching the arithmetic benchmark. This is in part because better access to basic education and population growth haven’t been matched by a corresponding increase in teachers. Shule Bora is UK aid-funded programme designed to …

An illustrated image of children in a classroom in Northwest Syria. They are colourfully dressed and sit at desks facing a teacher who stands in front of a blackboard.

Keeping schools open in Northwest Syria

Jon FlinnGlobal development

Northwest Syria is one of the most challenging contexts in which humanitarian actors work. Keeping schools open and ensuring children are safe to learn are essential to building hope for future generations. The Syria Education Programme – known locally as ‘Manahel’ – is a five-year programme funded by UK International Development and implemented by Chemonics to provide access to safe, …

Graphic of Scotland showing classical music provision

Promoting public funding for Scotland’s classical music

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

Scottish members of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) commissioned DHA to create a brochure for a parliamentary reception to promote public funding for classical music. We gathered data through a two-stage research process, using both guided conversations and a simple survey to gather information about the key impacts of the organisations on behalf of whom we were working. This …

Person with mid-length hair wearing headphones and singing into a speaker

Making the case for investment in music learning

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA developed and launched a national music commission to explore the key issues and arguments and help make the case for government investment in music learning. The commission, featuring Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Nitin Sawhney, Suzy Klein and others, gathered evidence over 18 months and DHA then drafted the findings into a compelling final report, Retuning Our Ambitions for Music Learning. …