Winners of 2017 Young People Essay Contest awarded by Japanese Minister of Education

29 November 2017


© The Goi Peace Foundation

The Goi Peace Foundation, a key partner of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP), is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People. The theme of this year's contest was LEARNING FROM NATURE. From among 15,441 entries from 155 countries, the following winners were selected:

First Prize
Children's category: Neda Simic (Age 12, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Youth category: Neha Rawat (Age 22, India) 

Second Prize  
Children's category: Lê Hoàng Mai (Age 13, Vietnam) and Chiaki Oyadomari (Age 14, Japan)
Youth category: Itsuki Umino (Age 16, Japan) and Anna Grigoryan (Age 20, Armenia) 

The complete list of winners and their winning essays are available here.   

The First Prize winners presented their essays and received their awards from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at a ceremony held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on 25 November 2017.  

The 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.    

Guidelines for the upcoming 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced here at the end of January 2018.