The ability to read and write is directly linked to positive outcomes in education, employment, health, and economic achievement. Yet in 2020, the reality is, illiteracy and functional literacy still impacts our families, communities, schools, workforces and the stability of nations across the globe.
Today within the literacy issue, we often talk about digital literacy, financial illiteracy, generational illiteracy, research gaps, the distribution of evidence-based practices and more.
As leaders in the sector, we strive for improvement, growth, collaboration, and exploration to make a greater impact on our world’s literacy.
‘Reading Changes Lives!’ We know organizations like yours impact research and affect roles to influence global literacy. What everyone needs to know… ‘What is your story?’
The World Literacy Summit 2020 will explore these and associated ideas in the pursuit of improved literacy opportunity across the world.
September 30, 2019 Submissions open
December 13, 2019 Submissions closed
January 10, 2020 Review process completed
January 17, 2020 Letters of acceptance
January 31, 2020 Presenters registration deadline
Research & Evaluation
Literacy and Technology
Goals and Literacy Programmes
This is an opportunity for you to share ideas, views and stories with a global audience around one main theme in support of the literacy sector.
Each presentation is focused on one single message delivered in a engaging way to maintain the audience’s attention, curiosity and spark new thoughts and candid input among WLS participants.
|Duration of the session||90 minutes (6 speakers)|
|Venue||Oxford University – Colleges|
|Oral presentation||12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q & A|
|Number of participants||approximately 60 – 80 per venue|
|Theme||‘Reading Changes Lives’|
|Streams||Adult literacy, first nation, early childhood, girls education, research and evaluation, functional illiteracy, sustainable development,
literacy and technology, goals and literacy programmes, other… Select one/two streams that best fit the theme of your research.
|Registration||Submission of an abstract, presentation or research DOES NOT automatically register you as a conference speaker. Conference
registration must be completed separately. As we are only a small charitable group, with limited funding, unfortunately, our financial
assistance to attend does not extend to pay speakers fees and/or travel arrangements. Register here!
Attending the summit is about more than seeing papers presented. It’s about connecting with your peers, participating in discussion, and being exposed to a myriad of ideas from within the sector and beyond. With this in mind, we encourage submissions that will allow you to actively engage in the conference experience.
You can submit a proposal for any of the following:
In the view to present at the summit, prepare yourself for a 12 minutes in length with an additional 3 minutes for question time. It is preferred if your presentation is in a PWT format with embedded files and provided to the organizers in advance. You will have use of a laptop, clicker, lectern, and microphone, please keep in mind that all session rooms will be set up in theatre style for the maximum capacity attendees. Further details regarding this will be provided to you upon confirmation of your inclusion into the program.
We invite proposals from literacy, academics and educators, libraries and literacy sector professionals, industry partners – essentially anyone with a passion and commitment to the important role that libraries play in our society.
Submissions should include:
Please note – All communications about your abstract submission will be sent to the email address that you provided during the submission process. We recommend that the email address belongs to the main author who will be in attendance at the conference.
Submit your Call for Paper, through the Call for Paper submission button below.
Upon receiving your Call for Paper submission, a confirmation receipt will be emailed to you. This confirms your upload has been received by the World Literacy Summit Conference organisers for editorial review.CALL FOR PAPER SUBMISSION
Important: Ensure your photo is labeled using your full name.
The World Literacy Foundation conference organisers will review your submission. The editorial review period; on a rolling basis and no later than mid January.
Criteria being considered when reviewing the proposal;
The conference organizers reserve the right to ask applicants to make small adjustments to the shape of their papers to support the needs of the program.
Presenters may also decide to submit a paper and to have the paper reviewed.
All paper/abstracts submitted must be original work and not previously presented in any form at other conferences (unless agreed to in writing by the conference organizers).
By submitting your abstract, you acknowledge that all submissions (abstracts, full papers and presentations) may be part/fully published on WLS websites, phone application and conference handbook (program). You also acknowledge and grant permission to have your presentation live web-streamed, video and or audio recorded and for those recordings to be published via the World Literacy Foundation.
Please note:. Please ensure that your abstract has been proof read before submitting and does not contains any personal or contact details that you do not wish to be distributed or published.
Thank you for your interest in WLS, we look forward to receiving your submission.