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Goi Peace Foundation/UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People 2018

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The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are offering International Essay Contest for young people around the world. The international Essay contest is aimed to enable young people develop their full potential, as they are crucial for the shaping of our future. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.

Application Deadline: 15th June, 2018

Offered Annually: Yes

About the Award: This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Essay Theme: 

The Change I Want to Make”

What is the one thing you would like to change the most to make your school, workplace, community, country or the world a better place? How would you bring about that change?
Please share your concrete ideas.

goi peace essay competition

Essay Guidelines

  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2018) in one of the following age categories:
    • a) Children (ages up to 14)
    • b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  • Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.
  • Essays must have a cover page indicating:
    • (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) Your essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2018 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
  • Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group.
    • Please enclose a list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
    • Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
    • Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.\

 

  • Essays must be original and unpublished.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer

Value of Award: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  • 1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$880 as of January 2018) and gift … 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of January 2018) and gift … 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2018
and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
* Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2018 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2018.
* We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

How to Submit Essay: Please send your entries to:

International Essay Contest
c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0093,
Japan

OR

Send online WHEN THE LINK IS ACTIVATED

For inquiries, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Providers: The contest is endorsed by the:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan;
  • Japanese National Commission for UNESCO;
  • Japan Private High School Federation;
  • Japan Broadcasting Corporation;
  • Nikkei Inc.;
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education

And supported by FELISSIMO Corporation

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