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.




How is the World Literacy Summit handling the situation?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the World Literacy Summit 2020 will be held as an online experience.

Will my ticket for the event held at Oxford University be refunded?
Refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding cancellations and refunds.

Any further questions or concerns may be directed to: info@worldliteracysummit.org


Can anyone sign up the World Literacy Summit 2020 – Online Experience?
Anyone who is interested and passionate about literacy and education is welcome sign up participate in the Summit.

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.

As a World Literacy Summit registrant will I receive a refund?
We will not be offering refunds to World Literacy Summit registrants. The event has not been cancelled, but due to health and safety concerns we have moved the event to an online platform. For further information on this matter please contact info@worldliteracysummit.org

Will the World Literacy Summit provide reimbursement for airfare or hotels booked for World Literacy Summit 2020?
We will not be providing reimbursement for airfare or hotels booked for the World Literacy Summit 2020. If you booked a hotel reservation it is your responsibility to cancel and confirm the refund status on any deposits paid. Many airlines and hotels are offering flexible refund options currently due to the COVID-19 situation. Please contact your airline and hotel directly to review options.

Will the World Literacy Summit be rescheduled to another date?
We have no plans to reschedule the World Literacy Summit for 2020. While we are disappointed not to be gathering in Oxford this year, we are excited to host WLS20 as an online experience. We will share more details in the coming weeks.

Can I transfer my ticket as a speaker to another speaker?
If you are unable to participate as a speaker during the WLS Online Experience and would like to nominate another speaker to participate in your place, please contact: speakers@worldliteracysummit.org

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