COVID-19
STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

March 18, 2020

The safety of delegates, speakers, staff, and the media who will be attending the World Literacy Summit are our primary concern. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the World Literacy Summit will not take place at Oxford University as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

With recent developments regarding International travel bans, closing of borders, restricted gatherings in the UK, and ultimately the closure of venues and facilities in Oxford, the World Literacy Summit 2020 will not be an in-person event this year.

As a result of this unprecedented situation, The World Literacy Summit will be held as an online digital experience. We are welcoming all delegates of the WLS20 to join us for a reimagined experience that will connect attendees with global thought leaders and changemakers through an online video platform.

We are working alongside the resiliency and strength of the global literacy community to provide an inspiring and educational event this year, without the risk of travel.

The World Literacy Summit is grateful to the supportive community garnered over the years, and for their understanding as we face this unprecedented situation together.

As we work on all the details of this new digital experience over the coming weeks, we will update delegates of the World Literacy Summit with additional information, including registration information.

The United Kingdom and Europe World Literacy Foundation is the legal entity that is organizing the World Literacy Summit.

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.

KEY INFORMATION

Venues & Location: The University of Oxford

Dates: April 2020
Conference Theme: ‘Reading Changes Lives!’


WHO CAN ATTEND ?

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.

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MEET THE SPEAKERS

Subject to Change

PAST SPEAKERS

Princess Laurentien
Of the Netherlands
Salvador Sanchez
Minister for Education El Salvador
Androulla Vassiliou
EU Commissioner for Education
Luis Crouch
Global Partnership for Education
Kevin Morgan
ProLiteracy
Venkata Subbarao
UNESCO
Rana Dajani
We Love Reading
Clive Lee
CEO of Yidan Prize Foundation
Andrew Kay
World Literacy Foundation
Noella Coursaris
Founder of Malaika
John Fallon
CEO Pearson
Jonathan Douglas
National Literacy Trust

Message of Support

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience one of the world’s largest online gatherings of international literacy and education specialists, including NGO leaders, researchers, academics, literacy entrepreneurs, education companies, publishers, practitioners, government representatives and most importantly the learners themselves.