Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.




Every year we run a program to enlist young people around the world to become a World Literacy Foundation ambassador in their community. In 2019 we had 750 youth ambassadors from around 70 countries.

People aged 14+, who are passionate about literacy and global development are welcome to participate in this program, where they can be trained and prepared to be global leaders to advocate and fundraise for eradicating global inequality and illiteracy.

Registrations for 2020 are now open.

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UNESCO declared September 8 as the International Literacy Day (ILD) and since 1967 ILD is celebrated annually all around the world to commemorate the importance of literacy in our daily lives and as a human right.

Every year, on September 8, we facilitate a campaign with schools across the globe for International Literacy Day. The aim is to create greater awareness, education, and understanding with students on the importance of literacy in their lives.

Around 4.000 schools join us every year by conducting an ILD themed event, activity or fundraising to celebrate this day and give students the opportunity to discover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.



Every two years, we organise a global literacy conference in Oxford, the United Kingdom “The World Literacy Summit”. This four-day event brings together literacy & education leaders and specialists from governments, inter-government bodies, not for profit sector, academics, and researches.

We seek to build a global literacy community of collaboration, sharing and best practices. The fourth World Literacy Summit will commence on the 5th of April 2020.



World Literacy Foundation as a global organization, seeks to create a greater understanding and awareness of literacy to the wider community through the use of social media, conferences, media, training, research and collaborative partnerships in the sector.