International Essay Contest for Young People

2019 International Essay Contest for Young People

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 International Essay Contest for Young People.

From among 20,657 entries from 157 countries, the following winners were selected. We take this opportunity to thank all of you who participated in the contest!

First prize winners will receive the Minister of Education Award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2019 to be held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 23, 2019. Certificates and gifts for other prizes will be mailed to the winners in November 2019.

Guidelines for the 2020 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced on this website and through the Goi Peace Foundation mailing list and Facebook page at the end of January 2020.

"Creating a Society Full of Kindness"

What does “Kindness” mean to you? How do you think we can create a kinder society?
Carry out ten acts of kindness, and then use your experience as inspiration in writing your essay (your essay does not need to be about your acts of kindness).

List of Winners

(All ages are as of June 15, 2019.)

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 (1 school)

      • Bookers International Schools, Ogun (Nigeria)

School Incentive Award (47 schools)

        • Accra Japanese School (Ghana)
        • Assumption Kokusai Primary School, Osaka (Japan)
        • Auckland Japanese Supplementary School (New Zealand)
        • Bunka Gakuen Nagano Junior High School & High School, Nagano (Japan)
        • Calamba City Science High School (The Philippines)
        • Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico, Industrial y de Servicios No. 234, Tamaulipas (México)
        • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School (United State)
        • Chitoku High School, Japan (Japan)
        • Colegio San Ignacio, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
        • Escuela Preparatoria No. 8, Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
        • Fukushima Prefectural Asakakaisei Senior High School (Japan)
        • Ghiyasuddin International School, Malé (Maldives)
        • Handmaids International Catholic School, Lagos (Nigeria)
        • Hiroshima Nagisa Junior High School, Senior High School (Japan)
        • Honjo Higashi Senior High School (Japan)
        • Hougang Secondary School (Singapore)
        • Ibaraki Prefectural Koga Secondary School (Japan)
        • Japanese School of Hanoi (Vietnam)
        • Japaniche Schule in Zurich (Hoshuko) (Switzerland)
        • Jonan Gakuen Junior High School, Senior High School (Japan)
        • Joso Gakuin Junior High School, Ibaraki (Japan)
        • Kaisei School, Shimane (Japan)
        • Koka Gakuen Junior and Senior High School for Girls (Japan)
        • Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior Highschool (Japan)
        • Matsumoto Shuho Secondary School, Nagano (Japan)
        • Matsuyama Higashi Junior High School of Matsuyama City, Ehime (Japan)
        • Mie High School (Japan)
        • MITA International School, Tokyo (Japan)
        • Nigerian Bioneers (Nigeria)
        • Nihon Fukushi University Affiliated High School, Aichi (Japan)
        • Nippon Bunri University, Oita (Japan)
        • Nobeoka Technical High School, Miyazaki (Japan)
        • Okinawa Prefectural Gushikawa High School (Japan)
        • Omori 6th Junior High School of Ota City, Tokyo (Japan)
        • Otsuma Ranzan Junior and Senior High School, Saitama (Japan)
        • Rakunan Junior High School, Kyoto (Japan)
        • Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex (UK)
        • Satriwithaya School, Bangkok (Thailand)
        • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Nipah, Johor (Malaysia)
        • Senzoku Gakuen Junior High School, Kanagawa (Japan)
        • Showa Women's University Junior-Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
        • SISA - School of International Studies in Sciences and Arts, Lahore (Pakistan)
        • Taisho Elementary School of Omuta City, Fukuoka (Japan)
        • Teikyo Junior & Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
        • Tokyo Metropolitan Mizuho Nōgei High School (Japan)
        • Vancouver Japanese School (Canada)
        • Waseda Shibuya Senior High School (Singapore)

Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

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.

Supported by


Essay Contest 2019 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays