Deadline: 15 June 2015
Open to: young people from all over the world
Prize: 1st Prize 100,000 Yen (approx. US$840) and an invitation for a ceremony in Tokyo
The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are pleased to announce the The International Essay Contest for young people from all over the world. 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.
“Building Peace in Our Hearts and Minds”
UNESCO was created 70 years ago to build peace in the minds of men and women as a way to attain lasting peace in the world. What does it mean to build peace in our hearts and minds? How does it relate to the world around us? Please illustrate your ideas with your personal experience.
Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2015) in one of the following age categories:
- Children (ages up to 14)
- Youth (ages 15 – 25)
- 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$840 as of February 2015)
- 2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of February 2015)
- 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift
- Honorable mention: Certificate and gift
1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for December 2015. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)
How to submit your essay?
Essays must have a cover page indicating: (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2015 (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 and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
Entries may be submitted by postal mail to:
International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the and follow the required steps.
Entries must be received by June 15, 2015.
For further details visit the Official Website