This program is an activity within the framework of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs

The 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.

Theme: “My Values”

Our values determine how we think and act, and they shape the society we live in. What are the values that you hold dear? How can you best live your life in line with those values, and in doing so, what kind of society do you hope to create?

Essays may be submitted by below categories (as of June 15, 2022) in one of the following ages:

a) Children (ages up to 14)  

b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

Entries must be received by June 15, 2022 (23:59 your local time).

The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate, a prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$840 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate, a prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of Feb. 2022) and gift … 3 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
Honourable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

Entries must be submitted online. To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page, and follow the required steps. Entries submitted by postal mail or e-mail are not accepted.
* This link will be activated by early March.

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