About WLS


The 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.

It’s the world’s largest gathering of international literacy specialists, including NGO leaders, researchers, academics, literacy entrepreneurs, education companies, publishers, practitioners, government representatives and most importantly the learners themselves. We will have over 600 delegates at the Summit and a further 40,000 people watching via our webinars.

It is a four-day global event, comprising of insight and inspiration from pioneers, policy makers, and experts. Many of the sessions are facilitated by the very people who are dealing first-hand with the issues presented.

This is the fourth Summit hosted biannually by the World Literacy Foundation, a leading international charity in the literacy sector with a commitment to building a literate world. Further information can be found at www.worldliteracyfoundation.org.



A gloriously mellow ensemble of golden-hued wonders, Oxford is among England’s most beautiful cities. Its historic and homogenous core, makes it hard to believe you’re in a city of dreaming spires, or city of inspiring dreamers?

Oxford, is famous for its university and for over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town.

For further information on Oxford and the surrounding areas please visit www.oxfordcityguide.com


There is no better place to host the World Literacy Summit than at one of the most prestigious universities around the globe: Oxford University, a world-leading centre of teaching, learning and research.

Despite there being no clear date of foundation, sketchy evidence indicates that schools existed at Oxford by the early 12th century. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

Nowadays, the university is consistently ranked as among the world’s top ten universities, receiving every year more than 19,000 applications from all over the world.

The University has also an impressive alumni including 58 Nobel prize winners, 27 British prime ministers, the astronomer Edmond Halley, the physicist Robert Boyle, notable writers including Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, Philip Larkin, and W. H. Auden, along with actors such as Michael Palin, Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale.

Sheldonian Theatre,

 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ, UK


Saïd Business School

Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP, UK


Dinning Hall at Exeter College



  • Oxford University
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What are the dates of the World Literacy Summit?
The 2020 Summit will take place April 5-8, 2020.

Where is the conference?
The conference will be held at Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Who should attend the WLS 2020?
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. What should I expect?
The World Literacy Summit is a space for delegates to collaborate, share ideas and learn. The Summit provides a platform for debate, discussion, and sharing of knowledge between some of the world’s most ardent literacy and educational leaders, institutions, organisations, and pioneers.

Where can I find the conference program?
You can see the complete program on Programe page

What is the Pre-Conference Workshop?
At this event in Said Business School on Sunday, April 5 from 9 am to 5 pm we will bring together companies, entrepreneurs, ed-tech and start-ups for a single, high-impact day to discuss how the rapid changes of the digital landscape are providing amazing opportunities for the literacy and education sector. This event has an extra cost of £70. Numbers are limited.

What is the Global Literacy Awards Dinner?
The Global Literacy Awards Dinner is a special event at Balliol College on Monday evening, April 6. Each delegate must register and pay an extra cost of £70 for the dinner if they plan to attend. Numbers are limited.

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 platforms: Literacy_Summit on Twitter, @WorldLiteracySummit on Facebook, and @WorldLiteracySummit on Instagram . Additionally, delegates are able to communicate via the Summit’s App which will be released in late March. Remember to use the hashtags #WLS2020 #Readingchangeslives

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 2020 is £345 for early-bird delegates and £430 for regular, plus 20 percent VAT and processing fees. You can add to your delegate pass a ticket to the pre-conference workshop and/or a ticket to the Global Literacy Award Dinner for £70 for each event.

What’s included in the registration fee?
General Registration fee includes:
– Welcome Reception and Oxford Walking tours on the Sunday
– All conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday
– The Albert Schweitzer Lecture and reception on Monday Afternoon
– Coffee and tea breaks
– Entrance to Exhibitors Hall
– Networking and collaboration meetings on the Wednesday

The Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday and the Global Literacy Awards Dinner on Monday night are an extra cost. All costs for travel and accommodation is the responsibility of each delegate

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?
Purchase your ticket/s on registration page
If you wish to make payment by other methods, please email us to info@worldliteracysummit.org

What is VAT and why is it being added to my registration fee?
Valued-Added Tax or VAT is a form of consumption tax. By UK government laws, 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?
Requests for cancellations to your registration must be submitted in writing to World Literacy Foundation by email: info@worldliteracysummit.org

Cancellations received by February 28, 2020 will receive a refund less 20% of your total registration charge. No refunds will be given after March 13, 2020.
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category) prior to the start of the conference.

Are registration transfers available?
We understand delegates may not be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, we offer registration transfers, please contact info@worldliteracysummit.org for further information.


How do I submit a proposal for the conference?
You can submit your research paper, project/organisation presentation or abstract between September 30 and December 13, 2019. More info on Call for paper page

You will receive a notification via email confirming the acceptance of your submission by February 10, 2020.

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

What is the deadline for submissions
The deadline for submission of papers is December 13, 2019

Can I request a day and time for my presentation?
No, you will be allocated a day and time by the 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/letter of invitation for the Summit, please contact info@worldliteracysummit.org and we will issue you one as soon as possible.

What documents do I need to apply for a UK 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 each 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 can only 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?
Accommodation and travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. Delegates are required to reserve and settle their own 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 X90 and the Oxford Tube.

The central coach station in Oxford 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 …


Where is TECH FOR GOOD: FUTURE OF LEARNING workshops located?

Tech for Good: Future of Learning is located at Saïd Business School in Oxford University, United Kingdom (Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP, United Kingdom). All Keynote Speeches are taking place in the Nelson Mandela Theatre within Saïd Business School.

Do I have to purchase a separate ticket to attend the TECH FOR GOOD: FUTURE OF LEARNING workshops?

Yes, in order to attend the TECH FOR GOOD: FUTURE OF LEARNING workshops, all delegates must register for the pre-conference workshops on the registration page and it cost GPB £70GBP. Registration for the World Literacy Summit 2020 will NOT grant you entry to TECH FOR GOOD: FUTURE OF LEARNING event.

Does the TECH FOR GOOD: FUTURE OF LEARNING registration include lunch?

Yes, all registered delegates will receive a sandwich lunch with fruit and crisps (vegetarian options available).

What time do I need to arrive at Saïd Business School for TECH FOR GOOD:FUTURE OF LEARNING workshops?

Please arrive at the Saïd Business School Entry Hall by 8:00AM GMT.


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