International Essay Contest for Young People

International Essay Contest for Young People
The Goi Peace Foundation, Under the auspices of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan conduct an essay competition for young people up to the age of 25. 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. Submissions close June 15th.

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*Since the Essay Contest online registration page is expected to experience high traffic towards the deadline, we suggest that you create your account and submit your essay by registering your essay file as early as possible. We recommend you submit your essay earlier to avoid difficulties in accessing the registration page.


“My Values”

Our values determine how we think and act, and they shape the society we live in. What are the values that you hold dear? How can you best live your life in line with those values, and in doing so, what kind of society do you hope to create?

Guidelines 1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2022) in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14)  b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

Essays must be 700 words or less in English or French, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese. Essays must be typed, with your name and essay title included at the top of the first page.

There are no particular rules regarding formatting (font style, size, line space, etc.). However, essays must be submitted in either MS Word (DOC/DOCX) or PDF format. Also, your essay file size must be 2MB or less.

* Your name and essay title are not included in the word count limit.


Entries must be submitted online. To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page, and follow the required steps. Entries submitted by postal mail or e-mail are not accepted.

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group by creating an ‘account for school/organization entrant’ on the online registration page.

* Only one entry per person is accepted.
* We are unable to confirm receipt of essays.


Essays must be original and unpublished.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

5. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
6. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

If you have questions, please consult the FAQs section below.

Deadline Entries must be received by June 15, 2022 (23:59 your local time).
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$840 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 3 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st to 3rd prize winners will be invited to the Winners Gathering to be held online.
* Additional awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2022 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2022.
* We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

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FAQ found on this page (below the table).

About the Goi Peace Foundation

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

To achieve this mission, we engage mainly in the following activities:

Public events including conferences, symposia and lectures to inform and inspire the public to expand their visions, and to engage their participation in contributing to a better world.

Educational programs for young people designed to nurture inner peace, respect for life and global awareness, emphasizing the leading role they can play in fostering world peace and sustainable development.

International collaboration with organizations and partners worldwide to promote global dialogue and outreach for advancing the cause of peace.

Interdisciplinary research and studies to advance new worldviews, perspectives and practices that will support personal and social transformation toward a new civilization.

* This program is an activity within the framework of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs


International Essay Contest for Young People


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