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Deadline: June 15, 2017 | Register here
Eligibility: anyone up to 25 years old
Prizes: 1st prize: 100,000 Yen, 2nd prize: 50,000 Yen

Goi Peace International Essay Contest 2017

Peace begins in the hearts and minds of each individual, and we all share a responsibility for the future of our planet.

Based in Japan, the Goi Peace Foundation is a public benefit organization supported by members around the world working together to create a culture of peace.

Its mission is to foster a sustainable and harmonious global society by promoting consciousness, values and wisdom for creating peace, and by building cooperation among individuals and organizations across diverse fields, including education, science, culture and the arts.

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.

Learning from Nature

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?

Describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Guidelines

  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. 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 Essays must be original and unpublished.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.

Awards

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$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

1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 25, 2017 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)

Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable. All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2017.

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