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International Essay Content for Young People (2012)

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 Private High School Federation
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 2012 International Essay Contest for Young People was "Creating the Future We Want." From among 11,857 entries from 151 countries, the following winners were selected. First prize winners will receive the Minister of Education Award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2012 held at Ginza Blossom Hall in Tokyo on November 25, 2012. Certificates and gifts for other prizes will be mailed to the winners in December 2012.

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 (25 entrants)

Recognition for Effort

Youth category (8 entrants)

  • Clare Wu (Age 16, New Zealand)
  • Charley Ren (Age 16, USA)
  • Muhammad Haziq Absyir Muhammad Fauzi (Age 16, Malaysia)
  • Nozomi Aida (Age 17, Japan)
  • Saaya Kitajima (Age 17, Japan)
  • Nijesh Upreti (Age 17, Nepal)
  • Jesús Andrés Villasana Álvarez (Age 18, Mexico)
  • Adriana Borja Enriquez (Age 21, Ecuador)

Best School Award

  • Ichikawa Junior & Senior High School, Chiba (Japan)

School Incentive Award

  • Atomi Gakuen Junior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School (USA)
  • City Montessori School, Lucknow (India)
  • Fuji Sacred Heart Junior High School, Shizuoka (Japan)
  • Ikubunkan Senior High School & Ikubunkan Global High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Japanese Language School of Cleveland (USA)
  • Japanese School of Toledo (USA)
  • Japanese Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee (USA)
  • Japaniche Schule in Zurich (Hoshuko) (Switzerland)
  • Kamikawa Junior High School of Kamikawa Town, Hyogo (Japan)
  • Kashihara Municipal Unebi Junior High School, Nara (Japan)
  • Kinki University Wakayama Junior High School (Japan)
  • Kokugojuku KURU, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Kokushikan Junior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior Highschool (Japan)
  • Matsumoto Shuho Secondary School, Nagano (Japan)
  • Miyagi Prefectural Hakuou Senior High School (Japan)
  • Numazuhigashi Senior High School of Shizuoka Prefecture (Japan)
  • Omori 6th Junior High School of Ota City, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Osaka Communication Arts (Japan)
  • Port of Sacramento Japanese School (USA)
  • Saint Mary's International School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Shigakusya, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Showa Women's University Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Sugiyama Jogakuen University Affiliated Primary School, Aichi (Japan)
  • Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School (Japan)

Essay Contest 2012 Guidelines

Essay Contest 2012 Entries by Region