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Call for essays for the 2024 Goi Peace Foundation Annual Essay Contest for Young People!

Goi Peace Foundation annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. This program is an activity within the framework of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030).

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“My Experience of Overcoming Conflict” is the theme for this year’s International Essay Contest for Young People.

There are many different reasons why conflicts arise, including divergent viewpoints and moral principles. Have you ever been a part of a quarrel that you were able to resolve? What insights did that experience give you? In what ways do you hope to use the knowledge you have gained to both society and your personal life?


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Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2024) in one of the following age categories:

  • Children (ages up to 14)
  • Youth (ages 15 – 25)

You can give your essay an original title. Essays may be in any style (thesis or prose, academic or literary), as long as the content is in line with the theme. Essays must be no more than 700 words in French or English, or 1600 characters in Japanese. A cover page is not required. Essays have to be typed, with the essay title, your email address, and your name at the top of the first page. Regarding formatting (font style, size, line space, etc.), there are no specific guidelines. Essays, however, have to be turned in in PDF or MS Word (DOC/DOCX) format. The word limit does not apply to your name, email address, or essay title.




The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  • 1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$660 as of Feb. 2024) and gift – 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$330 as of Feb. 2024) and gift  – 3 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift – 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift – 25 entrants


  • 1st to 3rd prize winners will be invited to the Winners Gathering to be held online.
  • Additional awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
  • All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2024 (Japan time) on the official website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in January 2025.


  • You must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2024, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1998. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.
  • The contest is open to young minds across the world.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Visit the Registration Link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Go to either “Individual” or “School/Organization” Entrant Registration page.
  • After entering all required information, click “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the page to create an account.
  • When your account is successfully created, you will be automatically logged in to “My Account”.
  • For “INDIVIDUAL”: In “My Account”, click “Register Essay” on the side menu, attach your essay by selecting the file on your computer, and click “SUBMIT”. Only one entry per person is accepted. Once your entry is successfully submitted, you can download your certificate from the “Download Certificate”.
  • For “SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION”: In “My Account”, click “Add/Delete Student” on the side menu, register one student per row, attach each essay by selecting the file on your computer, and click “SUBMIT.” Only one entry per person is accepted. Once your entry is successfully submitted, you can download your students’ certificates from the “Student List” and your certificate from the “Teacher‘s Certificate of Participation” on the side menu.
  • If you leave “My Account” page, you can log in again with your email address and password from “Entrant login” on the top menu.

Please Note:

  • You can only create one account with one email address.
  • Essay file in either MS Word (DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.
  • Your essay file size must be 2MB or less.
  • Your essay must be typed, with your name, email address and essay title included at the top of the first page.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

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