2012 Goi Peace Foundation – UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People

  • Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
  • 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
  • Supported by Felissimo Corporation


CREATING THE FUTURE WE WANT”– Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.


  1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2012) in one of the following age categories:
    • Children (ages up to 14)
    • Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
  3. Essays must have a cover page indicating
    • category (Children or Youth)
    • essay title
    • your name
    • address
    • phone number
    • e-mail
    • nationality
    • age as of June 30, 2012
    • gender
    • school name (if applicable)
      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.
    • word count.
      (Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.)
  4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
    (IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at www.goipeace.or.jp  and follow the required steps.)
  5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
  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 organizers.


Entries must be received by JUNE 30, 2012.


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize:    Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200)  … 1 entrant
2nd Prize:   Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600)  … 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 in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2012.
(Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

All prize winners will be announced in November 2012 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (www.goipeace.or.jp ) and UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/youth ).

International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093  Japan
OR Send online through www.goipeace.or.jp

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

Submit your Essay

To submit your essay, click here http://www.goipeace-essaycontest.org/

Official Website



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