By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor and Representative in Mexico for Peace Pals International™
Kids and young people in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Barra de Potosi, Troncones and all other areas – It’s time to ROCK! The theme of this year’s International Essay Contest for Young People is “Learning from Nature.” That’s perfect for us!
And, we’re giving a “shout out” to our friends in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Morelia, Cuernavaca, and other areas throughout Mexico to join us!
Young people, up to 25, who live anywhere in the world, can participate! And, the Grand Prize is a trip to Tokyo, Japan!
The International Essay Contest for Young People is one of the youth education programs organized by the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. Started in 2000, the annual contest aims to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development, and to inspire society to learn from its young minds and think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. The theme for the 2017 competition is “Learning from Nature.”
Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature.
What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.
- Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2017) in one of the following age categories: a) Children, ages up to 14; b) Youth, ages 15 – 25.
- Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding the essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.
- Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth); (2) your essay title (3); your name; (4) address; (5) phone number; (6) e-mail; (7) nationality; (8) age as of June 15, 2017; (9) gender; (10) school name (if applicable); and (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, ages, and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
- Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
- Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
- Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
- IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps. Go to: https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/
- Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
- Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
- Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.
Entries must be received by June 15, 2017 (23:59 your local time).
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$880 as of Feb 2017) and gift … 1 entrant
- 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 25, 2017 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
- 2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of Feb 2017) and gift … 2 entrants
- 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
- Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants
- Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2017 on https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2017.
Click to download these Guidelines in English or Spanish.
And, you can look at samples of past essays: Essay-Contest-2016-Anthology-E
For more information about the Goi Peace Foundation and the International Essay Contest for Young People, please visit http://www.goipeace.or.jp.
For more information about Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and surrounding areas, see: