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International Essay Content for Young People(2008)
International decade for a culture of peace 2003  

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Sponsored by the Earthrise Society
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of JapanJapan 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 the 2008 International Essay Contest for Young People was "My project to create positive change in my environment. How can I foster sustainable development in my community?"

From among 4,711 entries from 137 countries, the following winners were selected. The first prize winners have received the Minister of Education Encouragement Award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2008 held at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo on November 9, 2008

List of Winners

1st Prize

Children's category (1 entrant)
    Joined by a Cookbook
Martin Kotarski (Age 13, Croatia)

Youth category (1 entrant)
    Cargados de Vida
Valeria Cortez Vaca Díez (Age 17, Bolivia)

2nd Prize

Children's category (2 entrants)
    Andrychow – two cultures, two hearts but one little homeland
Justyna Wróblicka (Age 14, Poland)

    My project on Archeapple plantation and the need to foster it for sustainable development in my community Sombo
Timothy Nambazing (Age 14, Ghana)

Youth category (2 entrants)
    Homeless in Seattle
Claire Carlson (Age 18, USA)

    Elite Youth Coalition for Development
Mukiibi Lawrence (Age 21, Uganda)

3rd Prize

Children's category (5 entrants)
    Water Project
Ryuji Aoki (Age 10, Japan <Living in USA>)

   Our Earth
Miyuki Horii (Age 11, Japan <Living in USA>)

    How I foster sustainable development in my country
Saradha Weerasekara (Age 12, Sri Lanka)

    The Car Crisis
Chua Jun Yan (Age 13, Singapore)

    What I think is most important today
Akio Harigaya (Age 14, Japan)

Youth category (5 entrants)
    It’s All About Perspective
Sophia Palenberg (Age 16, USA / UK)

    Tourism Nation, Japan!!
Asuka Nagatani (Age 19, Japan)

    Promoting moringa tree as a nutrition source through women groups
Abhishek Nayak (Age 20, India)

    An echo of undying hope
Lamia Niazi (Age 19, Pakistan)

    My Place My Life
Christian Rusangwa (Age 24, Rwanda)

Honorable Mention

Children's category (25 entrants)
        Rira Miyake (Age 7, Japan / USA <Living in USA>)
        Axil Kollist ((Age 8, USA)
        Clarissa Sakura Costen (Age 10, UK & Japan <Living in UK>)
        Tabatha Holz (Age 10, Germany)
        Lynnette Penjueli (Age 11, Fiji Islands)
        Kaho Enari (Age 12, Japan <Living in China>)
        Rosarin Hataiseree (Age 12, Thailand)
        Iulia Milenova Piskuliyska (Age 12, Bulgaria)
        Ashmita Dhakal (Age 13, Nepal)
        Kanehira Kiyo (Age 13, Japan)
        Yuriko Hirose (Age 13, Japan)
        Ananya Shrestha (Age 13, Nepal)
        Anna Zhao (Age 13, USA)
        Charlene Sharmini Fernandes (Age 14, Malaysia)
        Khadidiatou Kane (Age 14, Senegal)
        Pavel Mikhnevich (Age 14, Belarus)
        Ayano Naito (Age 14, Japan)
        Erika Sato (Age 14, Japan)
        Petya Georgieva Shishiteva (Age 14, Bulgaria)
        Su Yeon Kwon (Age 14, Korea <Living in China>)
        Oscar S. Tanum (Age 14, Norway)
        Kei Tatsumi (Age 14, Japan)
        Kazuko Teshima (Age 14, Japan)
        Rena Yokokura (Age 14, Japan)
        Mana Yahagi (Age 15, Japan)

Youth category (25 entrants)
        Park Jungmin (Age 15, South Korea)
        Ayana Takizawa (Age 16, Japan <Living in USA>)
        Junpei Matsumura (Age 17, Japan)
        Chelsea Mobley (Age 17, USA)
        Yukari Nemoto (Age 17, Japan <Living in USA>)
        Hitomi Takashima (Age 17, Japan)
        Mizuki Mazuka (Age 18, Japan)
        Patrick Komora (Age 18, Kenya)
        Victoria Mihalachi (Age 18, Moldova)
        Emmanuel Obiora Nwakeze (Age 18, Nigeria)
        Ramon Lorenzo Luis Rosa Guinto (Age 20, The Philippines)
        Gladys Rudo (Age 21, Zimbabwe)
        Zhao Huan (Age 21, China <Living in Japan>)
        Adzua Peter Terseer (Age 21, Nigeria)
        Sheraan Amod (Age 22, South Africa)
        Cristina Sevillano del Aguila (Age 23, Peru)
        Ashis Himali (Age 23, Nepal)
        Anna Keene-Winsor (Age 23, USA)
        Nan Dar Aye (Age 23, Myanmar)
        Robert Okodia (Age 23, Uganda)
        Robin Achah Arifique (Age 24, Cameroon <Living in USA>)
        Charmaine Ihuhua (Age 24, Namibia)
        Urom Nnenna Obele (Age 24, Nigeria)
        Jelena Rajcevic (Age 24, Serbia)
        Shinetsu Sugawara (Age 24, Japan)

Best School Award

        No School Applicable

2008 Award Winning Essays (Anthology in PDF format)

Essay Contest 2008 Guidelines