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International Essay Competition by The Goi Peace Foundation: Cash Prizes of Rs. 1 Lakh 15 Thousand; Submit by June 15


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 of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Endorsed by :

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:



Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources.

At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us.

Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature.

What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future?

Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.


1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2017) in one of the following age categories:

a) Children (ages up to 14)

b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

2. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.

3. 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, 2017 (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.

4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.

5. Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.

6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.


Entries must be received by June 15, 2017 (23:59 your local time).


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

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 Feb 2017) and gift; 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of Feb 2017) and gift; 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift; 5 entrants

Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift; 25 entrants

Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2017.

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

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