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Unesco organising international essay competition

In an effort to encourage youngsters from around the world to promote a ­culture of peace and ­sustainable ­development, Unesco is organising an ­annual essay ­contest. The contest aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each person can make a ­difference in the world.

education Updated: Apr 22, 2015 17:43 IST
HT Education Correspondent
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In an effort to encourage youngsters from around the world to promote a ­culture of peace and ­sustainable ­development, Unesco is organising an ­annual essay ­contest. The contest aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each person can make a ­difference in the world. Marking the 70th ­anniversary of Unesco, the theme of this year’s contest is ‘Building peace in our hearts and minds’.

Anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2015) in one of the following age categories is ­eligible to apply — children (ages up to 14) and 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 essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.

The following awards will be given in the children’s category and youth category ­respectively — first prize: certificate and prize of 1,00,000 Yen (approx. $840 as of February 2015), ­second prize: certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. $420 as of February 2015), third prize: certificate and gift. There will also be an honourable mention and certificate and gift will be rewarded to 25 entrants.

First prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for December 2015. All prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2015 on the Goi Peace Foundation website (www.goipeace.or.jp).

Last date to apply for the ­contest is June 15, 2015. For details, visit here .