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World Literacy Summit

World Literacy Summit

World Literacy Summit

The Largest Global Gathering of Literacy Leaders

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The World Literacy Summit (WLS) brings together leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of the world’s population, all with a single focus – advocating, championing, and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe.
A global event hosted biannually by the World Literacy Foundation in Oxford comprises insights and inspiration from pioneers, policymakers, and literacy experts.

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Conference Streams

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Adult Literacy

This is a growing problem and one of the most overlooked socio-economic issues in the world. Learn about new solutions reduce adult illiteracy rates worldwide.

Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy

Explore how education and technology are being used in different contexts worldwide, and how it is embedded in the learning experience to advance education

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First Nation

The deep concern for native languages and culture is growing over the years, as indigenous literacy is an integral part to preserve the unique heritage of each country.

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Functional Literacy

2 billion people around the world struggle to read and write a sentence. Learn how can it span generations.

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Literacy Programs and Goals

Learn from literacy experts which programmes are the most effective in the sector and how to measure success for literacy program implementation.

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Research & Evaluation

Investment in literacy research is the best and most secure path to identify new trends, evaluate results, and improve teaching strategies and pedagogics.

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Early Childhood

Every generation of children raised in a community without access to literacy not only weakens the community’s understanding of the benefits of reading but also increases the need for innovative literacy solutions in those communities.

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Girls’ Education

Two-thirds of the world's illiterate population are women. Girls' education is a longstanding priority for the world for achieving the global goal of gender equality.

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Sustainable Development

Learn more about initiatives and ways to participate in the creation of a more just, peaceful, inclusive, secure and sustainable world.

Key Dates

Next
Event
2023

Registrations opening
2022

Call for
papers
2022

DIGITAL LIBRARY

Watch 100+ Video Presentations About Literacy

Our last Summit was moved to an online experience due to the well-known global pandemic. However, this was a fantastic opportunity to reach more people worldwide with our message about the importance of literacy and education.

Thanks to our past speakers’ support, we were allowed to create a digital library with over 100 meaningful presentations related to the literacy sector, available on-demand for delegates, academics, and the general public interested.

LITERACY PODCAST

Listen to Beyond Words

Join us in a new open space where we interview experts and change-makers in the literacy and education sector to discuss the latest news, trends, and challenges in creating a literate world. 

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Since World Literacy Foundation has grown to align with the needs of an evolving education sector. The World Literacy Foundation has worked towards forging partnerships with other leading educational and related not-for-profit organisations, and has built long-lasting relationships within communities around the world. 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation The World Literacy Foundation significantly dedicates its time and resources to conducting research, and uses resulting information to help advocate in local communities as well as on a global scale. 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation   404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation   404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation   404 Page Not Found – World Literacy FoundThe World Literacy Foundation volunteers and partner communities have worked in Azerbaijan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Colombia, Mozambique, Uganda, and other developing countries to provide access to quality education and learning resources to disadvantaged communities. With bases on five of the seven continents, the literacy needs. In the African sect based in Uganda, where many people live in poverty and have no electricity the World Literacy Foundation has donated solar powered tablets. Paired with the Sun Books initiative the World Literacy Foundation is not just donating recourses but also training to teachers at the primary school level. 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Found [5] Where the foundation was started in Australia, the goal is geared towards closing the gap of literacy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. For indigenous people illiteracy rates are a more prominent problem. To improve skills such as reading and number skills, the World Literacy Foundation has developed a program called the Indigenous Learning App. This app contains multilingual e-books and multiple literacy games in not just English but also the local dialect in Australia.[6] 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Found 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy FoundIn the African sect with headquarters in Uganda, where many people live in poverty and have no electricity the World Literacy Foundation has donated solar powered tablets. Paired with the Sun Books initiative the World Literacy Foundation is not just donating recourses but also training to teachers at the primary school level on how to use these resources effectively. The solar powered tablets come preloaded with digital learning content and multilingual e-books. In Uganda only roughly 27% of people have access to electricity and the cost of one book can be a whole month’s salary. These Sun Books are useful in the sense that they do not need to be electrically charged and are universal tools, coming loaded with multiple uses.[7] Several years ago, the World Literacy Foundation founded their South America sect in Manizales, Colombia. Latin America is in dire need of educational reform, over 35 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Here it is only expected that children attend school for 6 years compared to the traditional 12 most other countries require. To help improve these statistics the World Literacy Foundation runs two classes a week for over 60 children and other community members. During beneficial classes the World Literacy Foundation supports learners of all ages with tutoring and reading services.[7] In the United Kingdom illiteracy costs the UK’s economy roughly $50 billion USD a year. 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy FoundIt is here the World Literacy Foundation has run 26 fundraising projects, book distribution drives and provides numerous services. To help combat illiteracy the World literacy Foundation provides services such as parent mentoring, tutoring services, delivering literacy recourses, and distributes multilingual children/baby books. In the UK the World Literacy Foundation also has made a pack to new mothers to whom English would not be their first language to improve literacy and help them improve their standard of life.[7] Even in the United States of America there is a literacy crisis. This gap can be measured by 30 million words, and this stretches from learners who live in poverty to those who are afforded the best education money can buy. Although it is not just the socioeconomics that divide America’s literate, literacy rates also greatly range between racial groups. To support American learners the World Literacy Foundation Literacy Foundation hosts several global projects a year. The most popular being the International Day of Literacy. 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy FoundThe fourth World Literacy Summit was scheduled for 5 April 2020.[8] 404 Page Not Found – World Literacy Foundation Foundation