Championing Literacy Around the Globe: Highlights from the World Literacy Summit

Betsy Diamant-Cohen


In April, 2023, I attended the three-day World Literacy Summit at Oxford University in England. Sponsored by the World Literacy Foundation, the Summit brought together leaders from eighty-five 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.

Presentations included topics of leadership in literacy, new technologies/innovation, literacy programs and goals, funding/sustainable development, girls’ literacy, First Nation/mother tongue literacy, learning disabilities, community-based interventions for literacy, early childhood/primary literacy, and more.

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