APRIL 6-9, 2025
Connecting Leaders
To Change Lives Through Literacy
A Journey through Literacy
Hear From World Class Speakers
Connect with Professionals like You
Igniting Excellence in Literacy
The pathway to a better future
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Voices of Literacy in Action

The World Literacy Summit 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. 


Registrations Open: August 1, 2024.
Nominations for Awards Open: July 1, 2024.
Open for papers/Speakers: September 1, 2024.
Nominations for Awards Close: November 1, 2024.
Close for papers/speakers: December 1, 2024.
Announcement of Speakers: January 29, 2025.
Early Bird discount close: February 15, 2025.
Registrations close: April 1, 2025.

The World Literacy Summit 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.

The summit provides an opportunity to share best practices, exchange ideas, and network with colleagues in the field. This summit is held for 3 days from April 6-9, 2025.  More information contact: info@worldliteracysummit-org


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? How can education improve the quality of life and lift people out of poverty? Technology
Post Pandemic teaching 

Post Pandemic Teaching – Its Impact on Learning and Education

The impact of the pandemic on our school systems worldwide and the creation of innovative teaching solutions both short and long term has been challenging. How are schools, administrators, governments and the local and federal level doing to recover the last 2 years. How are underdeveloped countries and regions battling an already difficult process?
Literacy Leadership 

Leadership In Literacy

What are school and local administrators, school board members, curriculum directors, and literacy specialist, teacher leaders, doing to support the implementation of a comprehensive literacy model in our modern school systems.
literacy technology 

New Technologies/Innovation

Explore how education and technology are being used in tandem in a variety of systems both in developed and underdeveloped educational programs. Additionally, how are they embedded in the learning experience to advance education. What new software and online platforms are prominent in bridging the gap to quality educational programs.
First Nation 

First Nation/Mother Tongue Literacy

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. Preserving and highlighting the impact on our educational programs to the new generation of learners.
Functional Literacy 

Functional Literacy

There are almost 2 billion people around the world the struggle to struggle to read and write a sentence. How common is functional illiteracy? How can it span generations? What the impact on our daily lives and how can the system assist in their daily lives.
Literacy Programs and goals 

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 Evaluations And Social 

Research, Evaluation and Social Impact

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

Early Childhood/Primary Literacy

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. We identify the different approaches from different states, provinces, and countries.
Girls education 

Girls’ Education

A quality education is their human right and should be a global development priority. Two -thirds of the world's illiterate population are women. How are nations working together to ensuring that all girls and young women receive a quality education? How can we break this barrier and propel a positive image and system to educate these young women?
Funding Sustainable Development 

Funding/Sustainable Development

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

Learning Disabilities

How the world is dealing with disabilities such as dyslexia and executive function disorder, providing the base learning tools for primary and secondary students. What programs, research and innovative processes are being developed to assist this group of learners?
Literacy programs in crisis 

Literacy Programs In Crisis, Displacement

What are the unique challenges and opportunities involved in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating literacy programs for children and youth in conflict and crisis affected environments? What programs and solutions and who is driving these?
New technologies 

Community Based Interventions For Literacy

How are community, religious, and cultural organizations, help in assisting and creation of literacy programs through local schools, libraries, or other community groups? How effective is their reach into underdeveloped areas and countries and offer volunteers from your organization to support their work? Offer release time to allow staff to meet with and read to students. Encourage your members or staff to volunteer as tutors.
Literacy campaigns 

Literacy Campaigns, World Book Day, Summer Reading, Read Aloud Day

Specialized literacy programs worldwide are directed at promoting literacy throughout the world. What are some of the more successful programs and what’s on the horizon that is being developed?
Other forms of literacy 

Other Forms Of Literacy, Digital, Health, Financial, Media, Writing, Poetry

Thinking out of the box… we look at other forms of literacy and explore their impact on our leading systems and daily lives.


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Presentations, panel sessions, and workshops



Brief overview of the program for 2025

Save the date World Literacy Summit April 6-9 2025
Day 1
06 Apr 2025
Day 2
07 Apr 2025
Day 3
08 Apr 2025
Day 4
09 Apr 2025


Examination Schools, Oxford

Examination Schools

Built between 1876 and 1881 and designed to house the University’s examinations at the heart of Oxford’s city centre.

Sheldonian Theatre

Elegant, sophisticated, and brimming with old-fashioned glamour, this unusual venue is an architectural gem in the heart of Oxford.
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Saïd Business School

The school is a provider of management education and is consistently ranked as one of the world's top business schools.
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The Divinity School

Medieval building and room in the Perpendicular style in Oxford, England, part of the University of Oxford. Built between 1427 and 1483,




What people say about our conference


Partnerships and Sponsors Welcomed

Recognized as one of the best literacy gatherings in the world, all streams at this Summit will encompass aspirational young learners of today to the debating collective addressing financial illiteracy to uncovering global Ed-tech trends and their implications on literacy, the World Literacy Summit will explore these and associated ideas in the pursuit of improved literacy across the world, revealing how ‘Reading Changes Lives.’

The world class program includes new and traditional summits facilitating the translation of research discoveries into improved practice. If you need to reach literacy specialists, including NGO leaders, researchers, academics, literacy pioneers, education and publishing companies, practitioners, policy makers and learners within this sector, sponsoring and exhibiting at this event represents your best promotional opportunity in 2025.

No other event focuses as closely and comprehensively on this highly specialized sector. Please join us in again making the event the world’s premier industry showcase to date by participating and contributing to multiple literacy specialists. 



What are the dates of the World Literacy Summit 2025?

The next World Literacy Summit will take place April 6-9, 2025.

Where is the conference?

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

Who should attend the WLS 2025?

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 2024.

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 #WLS25 #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 2025 will be confirmed in the Fall of 2024.

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.

Requests for cancellations to your registration must be submitted in writing to World Literacy Foundation by email:

No refunds will be given after the event ends.

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?
Call for Papers and Content is open. You can submit your paper through the Oxford system. Please click here for more information.

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 is December 16, 2024.

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.  

– Trains 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.

– Coaches There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London, the X90 and 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.  

– TaxisThere 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.

World Literacy
Summit 2025

Literacy Rate. The World Literacy Summit stands as a beacon of hope in the pursuit of global literacy and education. This biennial event brings together policymakers, educators, advocates, and stakeholders from around the world to collaborate, share knowledge, and develop strategies to address the pressing challenges of illiteracy and promote lifelong learning. In this essay, we will delve into the significance of the World Literacy Summit and its impact on shaping the future of literacy worldwide. The Importance of Literacy: Literacy serves as the foundation for individual empowerment, economic development, and social progress. It is not merely about the ability to read and write but also encompasses critical thinking, communication skills, and digital literacy in today’s interconnected world. However, despite progress in many regions, millions of people still lack basic literacy skills, hindering their access to education, employment, and opportunities for socio-economic advancement. The World Literacy Summit: The World Literacy Summit serves as a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and action to address the multifaceted challenges of illiteracy. Held biennially, this global gathering brings together a diverse range of stakeholders, including government officials, educators, NGOs, corporate leaders, and literacy advocates. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions, participants exchange ideas, best practices, and innovative solutions to advance literacy and education worldwide. Key Themes and

Discussions: The World Literacy Summit covers a wide range of themes and topics relevant to the global literacy agenda. These include: Policy and Advocacy: Discussions focus on the role of government policies, funding mechanisms, and advocacy efforts in promoting literacy and ensuring equitable access to education for all. Innovative Approaches to Literacy: Participants explore innovative teaching methods, technology-enabled learning tools, and community-based initiatives that effectively address literacy challenges in diverse contexts. Literacy in the Digital Age: As technology reshapes the way we learn and communicate, sessions examine the importance of digital literacy and strategies to bridge the digital divide among marginalized communities. Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning: Recognizing the importance of adult literacy and lifelong learning, the summit explores strategies to empower adults with essential skills for personal development and socio-economic empowerment. Partnerships and Collaboration: The summit emphasizes the importance of partnerships between governments, civil society organizations, private sector actors, and academia in advancing the literacy agenda and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on quality education. Impact and Outcomes: The World Literacy Summit has catalyzed positive change and yielded tangible outcomes in the global fight against illiteracy. It has facilitated the sharing of best practices, the formation of cross-sectoral partnerships, and the mobilization of resources to support literacy initiatives worldwide.

Moreover, the summit serves as a catalyst for policy reforms, advocacy campaigns, and grassroots projects that empower individuals and communities with the transformative power of literacy. In conclusion, the World Literacy Summit serves as a testament to the collective commitment to promoting literacy as a fundamental human right and a catalyst for sustainable development. By fostering collaboration, innovation, and advocacy, the summit plays a crucial role in shaping the global literacy agenda and driving progress towards a world where every individual has the opportunity to realize their full potential through literacy and education. As we continue our collective efforts to advance the cause of literacy, let us draw inspiration from the 2025 Literacy Summit and work towards a future where literacy empowers minds, transforms lives, and builds brighter futures for all.

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