This annual GOI Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2020 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 within the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

TOPIC

“A Letter from Myself in 2030”

Imagine what an ideal world ten years from now would be like. Write a letter from yourself in 2030 to your present (2020) self, in which you describe the state of the world, the way people are living, and what you, yourself, are doing in society. In addition, include any important message that you might wish to tell your present self.

ELIGIBILITY

Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2020) in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

ORGANIZER

The Goi Peace Foundation

PRIZES

The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category of the GOI Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2020 respectively:

1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$900 as of Feb. 2020) … 1 entrant

2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450 as of Feb. 2020) 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 in November 2020 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, 2020 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2020.

DEADLINE

Entries to the GOI Peace Foundation International Essay Contest 2020 must be received by June 15, 2020 (23:59 your local time).

GUIDELINES

  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 20, 2020) in one of the following age categories:
  1. a) Children (ages up to 14)
  2. b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  • Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.
  • 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 20, 2020 (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, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
  • Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
  • Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
  • Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
  • To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

INQUIRY

Check the FAQ section or contact essay@goipeace.or.jp