Harmony And Peace Essay Winners

This 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.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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For further inquiries concerning the International Essay Contest for Young People, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

Endorsed by

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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Essay Contest 2018 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays


Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

Vision & Mission

International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) is a non-profit voluntary, non-governmental, apolitical organization established in 2009 at Kochi, Kerala, to promote interfaith dialogue for peaceful coexistence of earth-mates. The basic driving principle is to bring peace among the followers of all religionsby Positive dialogue – ie, by highlighting only the moral and social values shared in common by all religions and traditions. This will remove bias and misunderstanding among the followers of different religions about other religions, which will help to build bridges between them. We firmly believe that the world religions can play a vital role in the moral and spiritual development ofhumanity. This will effectively check the evils, which have resulted in the steep decline of societal values.

The bold and futuristic endeavor of International Interfaith Dialogue India is to sustain the fragrance and beauty in being diverse - keeping the diversity intact. It is a platform to work in harmony for promoting human values that all religions agree to stand for. India, being a pluralistic nation with various world religions, the vision of positive dialogue only will help to put an end to communal violence, religious extremism and misuse of religion for political gains.

India: Pluralistic Theatre

India has always been the citadel of multiculturalism for thousands of years. We find ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse people in this subcontinent. The Indian constitution guarantees absolute religious freedom. But unfortunately most religions in India today follow a culture of debate to project their own religion as superior to others. This negative approach and style presently followed and practiced by the various religious propagandists, where people of any religions other than one’s own are thoroughly exposed and defeated, is instilling hatred and fear in the hearts of common mass. This negative approach blurred our vision and has further created vengeance, communal clashes, and widened the gap among the followers of various religions. Only through dialogue with various communities and ethnic groups, we can positively enrich the culture and diversity of the Indian society for the establishment of a peaceful South Asia, and establish peace and fraternity in the region and avert conflict in this volatile region.

Vision & Mission

We live in a world of difference. Yet, we are interdependent. Nowhere is learning to live with difference more important than religion. Too often, religion is misused as an instrument for division and injustice, betraying the very ideals and teachings that lie at the heart of each of the world's great traditions. At the same time, religious and spiritual traditions shape the lives of billions in wise and wonderful ways. They gather people in communities of shared beliefs and practices. When these diverse communities work in harmony for the common good, there is hope that the world can be transformed positively.


Attain peaceful coexistence by understanding and cooperation to build a safer and value-based civilized world, for us and also for our future generation


To bring about positive social change by positive dialogue highlighting the moral and social values shared in common by all religions and traditions.


Advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among people from diverse backgrounds by focusing on the themes of education, volunteerism and civic initiatives.


Holding interfaith positive dialogues, individual and family meets, get-togethers, seminars, visits, care and share initiatives etc, using all latest multimedia communication and psychological technics.


Religion consists of Doctrines, Rites and Values. Of this, Doctrines and Rites are different for most religions. But Values are same for all religion and it forms the major part of every religion. Even doctrines and rites are devised to cultivate values for some religions mostly and most religions partly.IIDI concentrates on this value area only and hence it is inherently positive. Further, positive aspects of every religion is only highlighted and negative aspects, if any, are never discussed, intentionally. Thus our approach is doubly positive and we call it POSITIVE DIALOGUE.


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