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World Literacy Summit 2014 hosted in Oxford

World Literacy Summit 2014 hosted in Oxford

14 April 2014

An international summit designed to tackle global illiteracy is hosted in Oxford this week.

The Global Literacy Summit, sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP), will provide 300 literacy experts with the opportunity to explore the key issues impacting literacy around the world.

Taking place from 14-16 April, the event will be opened by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, with more than 70 speakers sharing expertise gained in countries as diverse as South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Jordan, Mexico, Yemen, and India.

The theme for the 2014 summit is ‘Literacies: the Power to Change’, which explores the role of both new and traditional literacy tools and techniques in the worldwide fight to eradicate illiteracy. The summit will also build awareness of the ‘global literacy crisis’, analyse the latest literacy delivery methods and teaching approaches, and create opportunities to collaborate in supporting literacy.

David Perrin, Chief Executive Officer of the World Literacy Summit, said: ‘It is everyone’s fundamental right to be able to read and write to a life enhancing standard. We want to explore how we can give more people access to that human right and what we can do long term to tackle the barriers to literacy.’

Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of OUP, said: ‘Literacy is fundamental to enabling people to reach their potential. It equips students with a foundational skill that they need in order to learn other subjects, and progress further in their lives. In enhancing our collective understanding of the power of literacy, the challenges to literacy development, and how we meet those challenges, we can make a real difference to people's lives.’

For further information, go to www.worldliteracysummit.org.