International Essay Contest for Young People

Entries must be received by June 15, 2022 (23:59 your local time)

Organizer: The Goi Peace Foundation – Under the auspices ofThe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation, Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc – Supported by SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION, PLUS CORPORATION

About the Competition

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity 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.

This program is an activity within the framework of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030)

  • There is No Registration Fee
  • All nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world
  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2022) 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 or French, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese. Essays must be typed, with your name and essay title included at the top of the first page.
  • There are no particular rules regarding formatting (font style, size, line space, etc.). However, essays must be submitted in either MS Word (DOC/DOCX) or PDF format. Also, your essay file size must be 2MB or less.
  • Your name and essay title are not included in the word count limit
  • Entries must be submitted online
  • Entries submitted by postal mail or e-mail are not accepted
  • Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

Competition Theme

“My Values” : Our values determine how we think and act, and they shape the society we live in. What are the values that you hold dear? How can you best live your life in line with those values, and in doing so, what kind of society do you hope to create?

To send your essay online: Visit Here to Register

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group by creating an ‘account for school/organization entrant’ on the online registration page.

  • Only one entry per person is accepted.
  • We are unable to confirm receipt of essays.

Awards

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$840 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 3 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

1st to 3rd prize winners will be invited to the Winners Gathering to be held online.

  • Additional awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
  • All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2022 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2022.
  • We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

Competition Guidelines: Read Here

Inquiry form for the 2022 Essay Contest: Click Here

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