World Literacy Summit

World Literacy Summit

World Literacy Summit

Raising awareness on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe

The World Literacy Summit (WLS) brings together leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of the world’s population, all with a single focus – advocating, championing, and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe.

A global event hosted biannually by the World Literacy Foundation in Oxford comprises insights and inspiration from pioneers, policymakers, and literacy experts.

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Adult Literacy

This is a growing problem and one of the most overlooked socio-economic issues in the world. Learn about new solutions reduce adult illiteracy rates worldwide.

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Literacy Packs
Literacy Packs

Every six months, we distribute our literacy packs full of books, notebooks, colors, and pencils to encourage children to continue learning with their families from home.

Parent Club
Parent Club

We deliver workshops for parents or caregivers to educate them on the importance of nurturing and creating the habit of reading in their children at home so they can become the child’s first teacher.

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Christmas Giving

In December, we organize an event to bring together families and share a special afternoon to celebrate Christmas together. Thanks to donors, we can provide each child with a Christmas gift.

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We envision a world in which every one of us can read and write, in which there is free access to education for all.

The World Literacy Foundation is global a non-profit organization striving to ensure that every child regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy skills and books to reach their full potential – succeeding at school and beyond.

World Literacy Summit

Raising awareness on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe

We envision a world in which every one of us can read and write, in which there is free access to education for all.

The World Literacy Foundation is global a non-profit organization striving to ensure that every child regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy skills and books to reach their full potential – succeeding at school and beyond.

What We Do

We're Changing Children’s Lives Through Literacy

About World Literacy Foundation

We provide children with books and educational resources, so they can discover the joy of reading.

About World Literacy Foundation

We bring literacy support to disadvantaged children who are struggling to read and write.

About World Literacy Foundation

We gather global literacy leaders and organizations to share ideas and collaborate within the sector.

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We bring together innovative technology, e-books, and digital activities to advance the learning of children in remote communities in their mother tongue and English.

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We are a global voice to spread and promote the importance of literacy, we empower people to advocate in their local community for this cause.

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We involve parents in mentoring programs to help them instill the love of reading in their children and create a habit of reading at home.

WORLD LITERACY FOUNDATION

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Our history

Everything Started with a Book!

  1. 2003 world literacy foundation 1

    The World Literacy Foundation was established in Melbourne, Australia to bring books, tutoring, and literacy resources to children without any support.

  2. 2005 world literacy foundation 1

    The World Literacy Foundation sent the first 34,000 children’s storybooks to Ethiopia, Africa to increase the educational resources of children in remote communities.

  3. 2008 world literacy foundation

    We expanded our programs to the United States and the United Kingdom to reach children from low-income families with books and reading support.

  4. 2011 world ltieracy foundation

    We implemented the initiative Reading Out of Poverty in Victoria, Australia, with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from a disadvantaged background.

  5. 2012 world literacy foundation

    The first World Literacy Summit was celebrated at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. This is the largest global event that brings together international literacy specialists to build greater collaboration and partnerships in the literacy and education sector.

  6. 2014 world literacy foundation

    We established Aprende Leyendo in Colombia, an early literacy intervention to benefit families with limited educational resources and support.

  7. 2015 world literacy foundation

    World Literacy Foundation was officially registered in the United States and the United Kingdom as a charitable organization to reach children from low-income families with books and reading support.

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    We started the initial development and testing of Sun Books in Uganda, Africa, the l

  9. 2017 world literacy foundation

    We launched our WLF Ambassador Program to inspire young people to become literacy advocates and take action to help reduce illiteracy worldwide.

  10. 2018 world literacy foundation

    We created the Indigenous Learning App for children in 17 communities in Northern Territory, Australia. The app included e-books and games to help children learn English in conjunction with their mother tongue. Dingo App started to be implemented in Colombia as an EdTech solution to promote the learning of students in remote and rural areas.

  11. 2019 world literacy foundation

    Sun Books projects expanded to new schools in Zimbabwe. South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

  12. 2020 world literacy foundation

    Due to the Coronavirus, we transformed the World Literacy Summit 2020 into an online experience reaching 410 million people worldwide. UK Reads was launched as a response to the vital need for UK children to have access to books at home, supporting parents to become their child’s first teacher and literacy support.

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We believe every child has the right to quality education yet in Latin America and the Caribbean there are 512 million children and adolescents out of the education system. 

As a response to the vital need for Latin American children to have access to books at home and literacy support, the World Literacy Foundation has been implementing Aprende Leyendo since 2014.

This literacy program focuses on children from 4 to 14 years living in disadvantaged communities in Colombia where 41, 411 children and adolescents have been affected by the war, being the rural children the most affected. To close the gap between urban and rural areas and build sustainable peace in Colombia, we need to create an inclusive and equal education system.

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CHILD'S STORY

Meet Esther

Ten-year-old Esther’s big brown eyes light up as she talks about the Aprendo Leyendo program. “I enjoy coming every week because Miss Paulina teaches us to read and write!” she says enthusiastically.

In many ways, Esther is like most young girls. She loves wearing pink clothes and the fantasy of fairy tales and unicorns. But her life isn’t easy. She lives with 15 family members in a small bamboo and concrete house in the humble neighborhood of El Carmen in Manizales, Colombia. Three generations cram the two-level home, and the rooms are divided by curtains instead of walls.

Esther and her four siblings are raised by her single mother. Her 60-year-old mom, Melinda, works Monday to Saturday cleaning houses to provide the basics for her family. Despite all, her family is close and makes the best of things because they have no choice.

Esther is in third grade and goes to a public school. Although it’s funded by the government, resources are very limited, and the quality of education is extremely low. Though the school’s been closed for months now due to COVID-19.

Luckily, Esther’s been able to keep attending the Aprende Leyendo program every week since she was six with her younger brother, Angel Fabian. The program has been a vital resource to keep them learning during the school shutdowns. Program Manager, Paula Correa, helped set up the reading room at a local community hub in 2014 to give disadvantaged children access to books, mentoring and help improve their reading.

Like many other children facing poverty and hardship in Colombia, Esther had no books at home. Aprende Leyendo and the World Literacy Foundation donated food, clothes, and books to her family, so now Esther can read at home too. Esther wants to be a policewoman when she grows up to take care of people in her community. We think her dream will come true because the gift of literacy opens endless possibilities for children in need.  Thanks to your support we can help disadvantaged children in Latin America by providing them with quality educational resources and support to change their futures and break their cycle of poverty.

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By giving the gift of literacy today, you are empowering a child with reading and writing skills needed to succeed at school and beyond.

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Dingo App is a digital learning tool that develops and enhances the literacy skills of children in both; Spanish and English.  

We are bringing together innovative technology, e-books, games, and locally-curated content to advance the learning of children aged 4-10 years who have limited or no access to education, internet and technology. 

We are committed to promoting prosperity while protecting the planet. The educational content included on our literacy app is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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