Posted by: Hendra Siry | 11 April, 2008

The 2008 International Essay Contest for Young People

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Sponsored by the Earthrise Society
Endorsed by:

1. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
2. Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education

Supported by Japan Airlines.

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World” and 2005-2014 as the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.” Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them. The theme of this year’s International Essay Contest is “My project to create positive change in my environment. How can I foster sustainable development in my community?” Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas on this theme.

Theme: “My project to create positive change in my environment. How can I foster sustainable development in my community?”– Please submit your innovative ideas and concrete plans/projects to address the social, cultural, environmental or economic problems faced by your community.

Guidelines: 1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old as of June 30, 2008 in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

2. Essays must be 800 words or less, typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German.

3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (a) category (Children or Youth) (b) essay title (c) your name (d) postal address (e) phone number (f) e-mail address (g) nationality (h) age as of June 30, 2008 (i) sex (j) school name (if applicable) (k) word count. 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.
(Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.)

4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or e-mail.
(Email entries must be in text or MS Word format, with the cover page and essay sent together as one document.)

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 Essays must be original and unpublished.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 sponsors.

Deadline: Entries must be received by June 30, 2008 scheduled for November 2008.

Awards: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively: 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen or approx. US$840… 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen or approx. US$420 … 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. (Travel expenses will be covered by the sponsors.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2008 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( and UNESCO web site (

Please send your entries to: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan



  1. Thats awesome! I ‘ll do it. But I have a question, can I send my work through the email?

  2. Is there any deadline for essays or i can send it whenever i want till november?

  3. Is this essay contest open to children from any country?

  4. How will the essay be judged??? originiality of work…ideas etc??? Does it have to be a really formal kind of essay or can we make it a little bit of both???

  5. Dear Nikita, Narmin, Denise and Seini.
    Thank you for your visits and comments. Please check and UNESCO web site for more information.

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