International Essay Contest for Young People

2020 International Essay Contest for Young People

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 International Essay Contest for Young People.

From among 33,632 entries from 166 countries, the following winners were selected. We take this opportunity to thank all of you who participated in the contest!

First prize winners received the Minister of Education Award and present their essays in the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2020 “Creating a Better World for Future Generations” to be held online on November 21, 2020.

Certificates and gifts for other prizes were mailed to the winners in December 2020.

Guidelines for the 2021 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced on this website and through the Goi Peace Foundation’s mailing list and Facebook page on March 15, 2021.

"A Letter from Myself in 2030"

Imagine what an ideal world ten years from now would be like. Write a letter from yourself in 2030 to your present (2020) self, in which you describe the state of the world, the way people are living, and what you, yourself, are doing in society. In addition, include any important message that you might wish to tell your present self.

List of Winners

(All ages are as of June 15, 2020.)

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)

  • Koka Gakuen Junior and Senior High School for Girls, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Setagaya Junior High School attached to Tokyo Gakugei University (Japan)

School Incentive Award (59 schools)

  • Akili Dada, Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Assumption Academy, Osaka (Japan)
  • Brest Gymnasium No 1 (Belarus)
  • Bunka Gakuen Nagano Junior High School & High School (Japan)
  • Çağdaş Bilim Anadolu Ve Fen Lisesi, Marmaris (Turkey)
  • Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico, Industrial y de Servicios No. 234, Tamaulipas (México)
  • Chicago Futabakai Japanese School-Saturday School, Illinois (U.S.A.)
  • Chitoku High School, Shizuoka (Japan)
  • Colegio Mundo de Alegria, Shizuoka (Japan)
  • Escuela Preparatoria No. 8, Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
  • Fuji Sacred Heart School, Shizuoka (Japan)
  • Fukuoka Prefectural Ogori High School (Japan)
  • Ghiyasuddin International School, Male' (Maldives)
  • Gymnasium #12, Minsk (Belarus)
  • Honjo Higashi Junior & Senior High School, Saitama (Japan)
  • Ikeda Junior High School attached to Osaka Kyoiku University (Japan)
  • Inagi 6th Junior High School of Inagi City, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Independent Secondary School, Victoria (Seychelles)
  • International School of Milan (Italy)
  • Japanese Supplementary School of Middle Tennessee (U.S.A.)
  • Jonan Gakuen Junior High School, Senior High School, Osaka (Japan)
  • Joso Gakuin Junior High School, Ibaraki (Japan)
  • Kagoshima Gyokuryu High School of Kagoshima City (Japan)
  • Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior Highschool (Japan)
  • Liceul Mathias Hammer in Anina, Caras-Severin County (Romania)
  • Matsumoto Shuho Secondary School, Nagano (Japan)
  • Midori Elementary School of Itabashi City, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Mukogawa Women's University Junior & Senior High School, Hyogo (Japan)
  • Nagano Prefectural Nakano Nishi High School (Japan)
  • Nagoya Sangyo University (Japan)
  • Nihon Fukushi University Affiliated High School, Aichi (Japan)
  • Niigata Seiryo High School (Japan)
  • Nobeoka Technical High School, Miyazaki (Japan)
  • Okayama Prefectural Yakage High School (Japan)
  • Okkawa Junior High School of Handa City, Aichi (Japan)
  • Otsuma Ranzan Junior and Senior High School, Saitama (Japan)
  • Philippine Science High School-Central Luzon Campus, Pampanga (Philippines)
  • Preparatoria 23 de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (México)
  • Preparatoria Regional de El Salto / SEMS / Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
  • Primary school Mahala, Una-Sana Cantton (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Rangpur Cadet College (Bangladesh)
  • Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex (U.K.)
  • Rosary Sister School/Marj Elhamam, Amman (Jordan)
  • Satriwithaya School, Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Showa Women's University Junior-Senior High School, Tokyo (Japan)
  • SISA - School of International Studies in Sciences & Arts, Punjab (Pakistan)
  • SJKC Kong Min Cawangan Kedua, Penang (Malaysia)
  • SMJK Chio Min, Kedah (Malaysia)
  • SMJK Keat Hwa, Kedah (Malaysia)
  • St. Agnes' Junior & Senior High School, Kyoto (Japan)
  • Sydney Saturday School of Japanese, New South Wales (Australia)
  • Taisho Elementary School of Omuta City, Fukuoka (Japan)
  • Teacher Su Centre, Nay Pyi Daw (Myanmar)
  • The Lao-American College, Vientiane (Laos)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Middle School (Japan)
  • VII Kopernik High School, Slaskie (Poland)
  • Yachiyoshoin Gakuen, Chiba (Japan)
  • Yamanouchi Junior High School of Yamanouchi Town, Nagano (Japan)
  • Zhodino Secondary School 6 (Belarus)


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 2020 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays