The Goi Peace Foundation, Key Partner of the GAP, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 International Essay Contest for Young People. The theme of this year's contest was "Education to Build a Better Future for All". From among 12,937 entries from 153 countries, the following winners were selected:
The complete list of winners and their winning essays are available here.
The First Prize winners presented their essays and received their awards from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at a ceremony held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on 29 November 2016.
The 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.
Guidelines for the upcoming 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced here in the beginning of February 2017.
15th June 2018
Who may enter
The contest is open to anyone up to 25 years old.
This annual essay contest is organised by the Goi Peace Foundation.
This year's theme is “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.
Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title.
Essays must be original and unpublished.
Essays may be submitted in one of the following age categories:
• Children (ages up to 14)
• Youth (ages 15 - 25)
Be inspired by the past winners.
Entry is free.
The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category:
• 1st prize (1): certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $880)
• 2nd prize (2): certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US $440)
• 3rd prize (5): certificate and gift
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).
Please visit www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest to learn more about the competition.