International Essay Contest for Young People

2018 International Essay Contest for Young People

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People.
From among 21,705 entries from 162 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 2018 to be held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 23, 2018. Certificates and gifts for other prizes will be mailed to the winners in November 2018.

Guidelines for the 2019 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced on this website and through the Goi Peace Foundation mailing list and facebook at the end of January 2019.

"The Change I Want to Make"

What is the one thing you would like to change the most to make your school, workplace, community, country or the world a better place? How would you bring about that change? Please share your concrete ideas.

List of Winners

(All ages are as of June 15, 2018.)

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)

  • Hiroshima Nagisa Junior High School (Japan)
  • Showa Women's University Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)

School Incentive Award (33 schools)

  • Assumption Academy, Osaka (Japan)
  • Bunka Gakuen Nagano Junior High School & High School, Nagano (Japan)
  • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School, Illinois (USA)
  • Chikushi Jogakuen Junior High School, Fukuoka (Japan)
  • Escuela Preparatoria No. 8, Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
  • Fukushima Prefectural Asakakaisei Senior High School (Japan)
  • Honjo Higashi Junior High School, Saitama (Japan)
  • Hosen Gakuen Junior & Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Ibaraki Prefectural Koga Secondary School (Japan)
  • Institucion Educativa Carlos Alberto Camargo Mendez (Colombia)
  • Japaniche Schule in Zurich (Hoshuko) (Switzerland)
  • Jonan Gakuen High School, Osaka (Japan)
  • Joso Gakuin, Ibaraki (Japan)
  • Kamezaki Junior High School of Handa City, Aichi (Japan)
  • Kinki University Wakayama Junior High School (Japan)
  • Koka Gakuen Junior and Senior High School for Girls, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Kokugojuku KURU, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior Highschool (Japan)
  • Matsumoto Shuho Secondary School, Nagano (Japan)
  • Meijo University Senior High School, Aichi (Japan)
  • MITA International School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Motherland Secondary School (Nepal)
  • Okinawa Prefectural Gushikawa High School
  • Okinawa Prefectural Nago High School (Japan)
  • Omori 6th Junior High School of Ota City, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Otsuma Ranzan Junior and Senior High School, Saitama (Japan)
  • Peacezone MA. VI., Itahari (Nepal)
  • Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex (UK)
  • Ritsumeikan Keisho Junior & Senior High School, Hokkaido (Japan)
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Nipah, Johor (Malaysia)
  • Setagaya Junior High School attached to Tokyo Gakugei University (Japan)
  • Teikyo Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • 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 2018 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays