Don’t we all believe in creating a Society full of Kindness?

What does kindness mean to you? How do you think you can work on creating a kinder society?

Do you pledge to carry out ten acts of kindness, then use your experience as inspiration in writing an essay? You could win 100,000 Yen and a trip to Japan.

The GOI Peace Foundation of Japan is announcing International Essay Contest for Young People.

And as part of its 20th year Anniversary special edition, 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.

This program is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

THEME

“Creating a Society Full of Kindness”

GUIDELINES

  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2019) in one of the following age categories:
    • Children (ages up to 14)
    • 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 and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.
  • Entries may be submitted online, by going to the registration page and follow the required steps.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

DEADLINE

Entries must be received by June 15, 2019 (23:59 your local time).

AWARDS

The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  1. 1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen and gift … 1 entrant
  2. 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen and gift … 2 entrants
  3. 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
  4. Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrant

1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2019 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, 2019 (Japan time) on the GOI Peace website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2019

For further inquiries concerning the International Essay Contest for Young People, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

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