Awards: Ist Prize: 100,000 yen, 2nd Prize: 50,000 Yen + gift certificate 3rd Prize: Gift and certificate

THEME: “Education to Build a Better Future for All”

Deadline: June 15, 2016
We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Describe your concrete ideas for an ideal education.”

Youths from around the world are invited to enter the 2016 International Essay Contest. This essay contest is organized by UNESCO and the Goi Peace Foundation.

The theme of the 2016 essay contest is, “Education to Build a Better Future for All“.

A lot of people have ideas they believe can improve the world. Share your story of how you think education can build a better future for all. Explain also how your dreams and ideas can make your vision a reality.

Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2016) in one of the following age categories
a) Children (ages up to 14)
b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed
Essays must have a cover page indicating
(1) category (Children or Youth)
(2) essay title
(3) your name
(4) address
(5) phone number
(6) e-mail
(7) nationality
(8) age as of June 15, 2016
(9) gender
(10) school name (if applicable)
(11) word count
Essays must be original and unpublished
Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays will not be accepted
Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director. Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.

Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at and follow the required steps.
Deadline for application is 15 June, 2016
The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
The first prize winner will get a Certificate and a prize of 100,000 Yen (approximately US$880); the two second prize winners shall receive a Certificate and a prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$4400); five third prize winners shall receive a certificate and a gift; while 25 other entrants in the honorable mention category shall get a certificate and a gift.

All prize winners will be announced in November 2016 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( and UNESCO web site (

Click HERE to submit your essay online.

For more information, go to the guideline page.

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