Children & Young Adults Invited to Participate in International Art and Essay Contests

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor.

Art and writing are universal ways for children to express themselves. And now, the children and young adults in your community have the opportunity to participate in international contests to win recognition and prizes!

Peace Pals International 2016 Art Contest – Open Until June 30!

Children and youth (8 – 16 years) from around the world are invited to submit their artwork to the 19th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. The theme for 2016 is “Oneness with Diversity.”


This year, the competition is partnering with the Fuji Declaration – a group of people from around the world who promise to make a commitment to a flourishing world through love and understanding that all living beings are important, creating peace on earth, creativity, and help your community members.

We invite parents, adult community members, or teachers to visit The Fuji Declaration and learn about this very special global project. Adults are asked to explain it in ways the young person will understand. For more information, visit:

Then after the peace lesson, children and youth are invited to draw and paint their artwork to express their visions of a world that is filled with everlasting peace.

Register: Please read the rules and follow all directions. You must register to participate. Please visit:


  • Age Category One: Age 5 – 7
  • Age Category Two: Age 8 – 10
  • Age Category Three: Age 11 – 13
  • Age Category Four: Age 14 – 16


  • First Place Winners ~ Classic White Peace Pole
  • Second Place Winners ~ 17” Desktop Peace Pole
  • Third Place Winners ~ 8” Desktop Peace Pole
  • Finalists ~ Certificates and Assorted Prizes

The winning art pieces are duplicated and sent around the world for display. In 2015, the Peace Pals International Art Tour came to Mexico for the first time and was on display in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. The 20th Anniversary Tour of the exhibit in Mexico will take place in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato in October 2017.Peace Pals Art Exhibit in Mexico2

The Peace Pals International Art Tour debuted in Mexico in Zihuatanejo in 2015. The next tour in Mexico will be in October 2017 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

2016 International Essay Contest for Young People – Open Until June 15!

This annual competition is organized by the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan and is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination 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.


For 2016, the theme is, “Education to Build a Better Future for All.” 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. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group.


  1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2016) in one of the following age categories:
    1. Children (ages up to 14)
    2. Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  2. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.

DEADLINE:  Entries must be received by June 15, 2016 (23:59 your local time).

AWARD: 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$880 as of February 2016) … 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of February 2016)… 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift          …5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

The 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2016 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)

Go on line, learn more, and submit your essay!

You can do it!

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