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International Essay Content for Young People (2013)

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
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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 2013 International Essay Contest for Young People was "The Power of Culture to Create a Better Future." From among 15,105 entries from 157 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 2013 held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 27, 2013. Certificates and gifts for other prizes will be mailed to the winners in November 2013.

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)

Best School Award (2 schools)

  • Ichikawa Junior & Senior High School, Chiba (Japan)
  • Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School (Japan)

School Incentive Award (27 schools)

  • Atomi Gakuen Junior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School, Illinois (USA)
  • Fuji Sacred Heart Senior High School, Shizuoka (Japan)
  • Ghana Japanese Children's School, Accra (Ghana)
  • Hanazono Junior High School of Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka (Japan)
  • Ikubunkan Senior High School & Ikubunkan Global High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Japanese School of Toledo, Ohio (USA)
  • Japanese Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee (USA)
  • Japaniche Schule in Zurich (Hoshuko) (Switzerland)
  • 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)
  • Hokkaido Obihiro Sanjo High School (Japan)
  • Omori 6th Junior High School of Ota City, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Oshwal Academy Nairobi Primary (Kenya)
  • Port of Sacramento Japanese School, California (USA)
  • Saint Mary's International School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Senzoku Gakuen High School, Kanagawa (Japan)
  • Showa Women's University Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Shoyokan Junior High School, Fukuoka (Japan)
  • Takanawa Junior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Tokyo Kenji Steiner School (Japan)
  • Vancouver Japanese School, British Colombia (Canada)
  • Yanai Gakuen High School, Yamaguchi (Japanese)

Essay Contest 2013 Guidelines

Essay Contest 2013 Entries by Region