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Guidelines for the 2012 International Essay Contest for Young People will be posted on this website by the end of January 2012.


2011 International Essay Contest for Young People

International Essay Contest for Youg People  

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education

As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination 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.
The theme of the 2011 International Essay Contest for Young People was "My Story of Inspiration." From among 6,931 entries from 140 countries, the following winners were selected. First prize winners have received the Minister of Education Award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2011 held at Ginza Blossom Hall in Tokyo on November 19, 2011.

List of Winners

1st Prize

Children's category (1 entrant)

Youth category (1 entrant)

2nd Prize

Children's category (2 entrants)

Youth category (2 entrants)

3rd Prize

Children's category (5 entrants)

Youth category (5 entrants)

Honorable Mention

Children's category (25 entrants)

Youth category (24 entrants)

Best School Award

  • Matsumoto Shuho Secondary School (Japan)
  • Miyagi Prefectural Hakuou Senior High School (Japan)

School Incentive Award

  • Universidad Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (Ecuador)
  • Omori 6th Junior High School (Japan)
  • Kyoto Gakuen Junior High School (Japan)
  • Kojimachi Gakuen Girls' Junior High School (Japan)
  • Showa Women's University Senior High School (Japan)
  • Saint Mary's International School (Japan)
  • Chiben Gakuen Senior High School (Japan)
  • Doshisha Junior High School (Japan)
  • Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Junior High School (Japan)
  • Nihon University Mishima Senior High School (Japan)
  • Asahigaoka Elementary School of Himi City (Japan)

2011 Award Winning Essays (Anthology in PDF format)

Essay Contest 2011 Guidelines

Essay Contest 2011 Entries by Region