The World Literacy Summit (WLS) brings together leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of
the world’s population, and all with a single focus – advocating, championing and educating on the vital
importance of improving literacy levels across the globe.


Adult literacy 

Adult Literacy

This is a growing problem and one of the most overlooked socio-economic issues in the world. What solutions can be considered to reduce adult illiteracy rates worldwide?

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.
First Nation 

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.
Functional illiteracy 

Functional Literacy

2 Billion people around the world struggle to read and write a sentence. How common is functional illiteracy? How can it span generations?
Literacy programs 

Literacy Programs and Goals

What type of literacy programs is the most effective in the sector? What are the fundamental components of literacy programs? How can we measure success for literacy program implementation?

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.
Early literacy 

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.
Girl's education 

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.
Sustainable Development 

Sustainable Development

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


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What are the dates of the World Literacy Summit 2023?

The next World Literacy Summit will take place in April 2023.

Where is the conference?

The conference will be held at Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Who should attend the WLS 2023?

WLS welcomes people from every part of the world who are passionate about global literacy, including NGO leaders, government representatives, researchers, academics and teachers, literacy entrepreneurs, education companies, reading specialists, literacy coaches, college/university faculty, school administrators, librarians, and most important the learners themselves.

I have never attended a WLS before. What should I expect?

The World Literacy Summit is a space for delegates to collaborate, share ideas, and discuss knowledge between some of the world’s most ardent literacy and educational leaders, institutions, organisations, and pioneers.

Where can I find the conference schedule?

The conference schedule will be released in 2022

How can I engage with other delegates before, during and after the Summit?

All delegates are encouraged to engage with other delegates through our social media, Twitter @litereacy_summitLinkedIn, Facebook @WorldLiteracySummit, and Instagram @WorldLiteracySummit.

During the event, delegates are able to communicate via the Summit’s App which will be released one month before the event. Remember to use the hashtags #WLS2 #LiteracySummit

What is the World Literacy Summit App?

This is an application that will make the most of your experience at the Summit, it will allow you to:

  • Discover who is attending
  • Connect with delegates
  • Access presentations
  • Create your own schedule
  • Post videos and images
  • Tour Oxford with our map

The App is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. To download and use this App you must be a registered delegate.


What is the registration/ticket fee?

The registration ticket fee for the World Literacy Summit 2023 will be confirmed in 2022.

Can anyone purchase tickets to the summit?

Anyone who is interested and passionate about literacy and education is welcome to purchase a ticket to participate in the Summit.

How can I purchase a registration ticket to the summit?

You can visit our website to purchase the tickets and pay through PayPal or a credit card. If you wish to make payment by other methods, please email us to

What is VAT and why is it being added to my registration fee?

VAT or Valued-Added Tax is a form of consumption tax. Per the UK government, we are required to charge 20 per cent VAT for each registration purchased for the Summit.

Overseas delegates must pay the VAT also, this will be charged on the invoice initially but can be reclaimed back from the UK VAT office for eligible delegates. Our VAT Registration Number is 174521316.

What is the World Literacy Summit’s refund policy?

The Summit ONLY offers refunds when the British Government do not approve your visa. If you are unable to attend for any other reasons, please contact for further information on registration transfers.

Are registration transfers available?

We understand delegates may not be able to attend for unforeseen circumstances. In this case, we offer registration transfers, please contact for further information.


How do I submit a proposal for the conference?

You can submit your paper on the conference website. More information will be available in 2022.

How many papers can I submit?
You can submit only one paper per person or organisation.

What are the deadlines for submissions?
The deadline for submission of papers will be confirmed in 2022

Can I request a day and time for my presentation?

No, you will be allocated a day and time by the event organisers


What is a Letter of Invitation?

A Letter of Invitation is an official document which confirms a registration payment and extends an official invitation to the paid registrant to attend and participate in the upcoming conference. It provides you with an official reason to come to the UK. It might be one of the documents required for the visa application if you are from a country that does not have a visa exemption agreement with the UK.

How can I receive my Letter of invitation?

If you require a visa letter or a letter of invitation for the Summit, please contact and we’ll issue you one as soon as possible.

What documents the British Embassy will require for my visa?

If you are from a country that does not have a visa agreement with the UK, please consult your local British embassy or consulate for details, as requirements may vary for every country. It is likely that you will need a Letter of Invitation.

Can the World Literacy Summit assist me with the visa process?

The World Literacy Summit is NOT authorised to assist with the visa process. We only can provide you with a Letter of Invitation. All questions/concerns regarding the status of your visa should be directed to the British immigration authorities or British Embassy in your home country.

Are accommodation and travel included in the registration fee?

No, accommodation and travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. Delegates are required to make and pay for their own reservations for travel and accommodation.

It’s my first-time visiting oxford, is there any information available on transport to oxford and other general information?

From London airports

From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading.

From London Stansted airport, take the Stansted Express train service to Liverpool Street and then take the tube to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford. Alternatively, there is a National Express 757 coach service.



Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10-minute walk from the centre of Oxford. Please use Google Maps to find your way from the station to the part of the University you are visiting.



There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London, the X90and the Oxford Tube

The central coach station is at Gloucester Green in the city centre. Please use Google Maps to find your way from the station to the part of the University you are visiting.



There are taxi ranks at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles’ in the city centre. A list of taxi companies can be found on Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centre website.