International Essay Contest for Young People

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People.
From among 15,441 entries from 155 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 2017 to be held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 25, 2017. Certificates and gifts for other prizes will be mailed to the winners in November 2017.

Guidelines for the 2018 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 2018.

"Learning from Nature"

Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

List of Winners

(All ages are as of June 15, 2017.)

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

No School Applicable

School Incentive Award (40 schools)

  • Assumption Kokusai, Osaka (Japan)
  • Cevre College, Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School, Illinois (USA)
  • Chikushi Jogakuen Junior High School, Fukuoka (Japan)
  • Escuela Preparatoria No. 8, Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
  • Escuela Preparatoria 15, Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
  • Fukushima Prefectural Asakakaisei Senior High School (Japan)
  • Gymnasium #1, Brest (Belarus)
  • Gymnasium 12, Minsk (Belarus)
  • Hiroshima Nagisa Junior High School, Senior High School (Japan)
  • Ibaraki Prefectural Koga Secondary School (Japan)
  • Inagi City Inagi The Fourth Junior High School (Japan)
  • Institucion Educativa Antonio José de Sucre, Itagui (Colombia)
  • Japanese Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee (USA)
  • Japaniche Schule in Zurich (Hoshuko) (Switzerland)
  • Johor Bahru Religious National Secondary School (Malaysia)
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Yokosuka High School (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)
  • Meijo University Senior High School, Aichi (Japan)
  • Notre Dame Seishin Gakuen Seishin Junior High School / Seishin Girls' High School, Okayama (Japan)
  • 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)
  • Paderewski Private Grammar School, Lublin (Poland)
  • Preparatoria 23, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (México)
  • Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex (UK)
  • Sanonihondaigaku Secondary School, Tochigi (Japan)
  • Satri Withaya School, Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Showa Women's University Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Sjkc Kong Min Cawangan Kedua, Penang (Malaysia)
  • SMK Sri Nipah, Johor (Malaysia)
  • Teikyo Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School (Japan)
  • Tshaphel Lower Secondary School, Haa (Bhutan)
  • Ueno Elementary School of Toyonaka City (Japan)
  • Waseda Shibuya Senior High School (Singapore)

Essay Contest 2017 Entries by Region

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 2017 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays