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2009 International Essay Contest for Young People

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Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
Supported by Japan Airlines

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World” and 2005-2014 as the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.” Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them. The theme of this year’s International Essay Contest is “The role of science in building a better world.” Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas on this theme.

Theme: “The role of science in building a better world”

Scientific progress has brought many benefits to humanity, while some applications of science have had adverse impacts. What kind of science and technology do you think is needed for realizing a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all? Please express your vision for the future of science, including examples of studies or researches you wish to engage in.

Guidelines:
1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2009) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
2. Essays must be 800 words or less, typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title(3) your name (4) postal address (5) phone number (6) e-mail address (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2009 (9) sex (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
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.)
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or e-mail.
(Email entries must be in text or MS Word format, with the cover page and essay sent together as one document.)
5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.

Deadline: Entries must be received by June 30, 2009.

Awards: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,000) … 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$500) … 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2009. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2009 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (www.goipeace.or.jp) and UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/youth).

Please send your entries to: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan
E-mail: essay@goipeace.or.jp

Samples of essay from the previous contest are available at http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/index.html

9 thoughts on “2009 International Essay Contest for Young People

  1. I have sent my entry through e-mail. I will be grateful if you confirm receipt of the essay due to possible failure of the network system.

  2. Sir,
    Myself pushpa from karnataka.I got to know about this competition today.can i send my entry within a week.please sir i am very much interested in this competition.
    thank u

  3. i have already submitted my entry but i wasn’t able to received any confirmation if you have received my entry…

  4. Sir,

    i have already submitted my entry on 30 june 2009 but i wasn’t able to received any confirmation if you have received my entry…

  5. pls inform me when the next essay competition comes up.

  6. please inform when the next competition comes and are your competitions international?

  7. Dear sir/madam, I would be very grateful if you could inform me as to when the next competition will be taking place.

  8. Sir
    i am interested in essay writing contests .I will be very grateful if you inform me when the next competition will start and requirements of essat writing.

  9. please do inform me as to when are you going to have your next essay competition in 2010. thankyou

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