Winning Essay Competition

After careful review and selection by the judges, winners of the Essay Competition on Gender Equality were announced today at a Prize Giving Ceremony held in Abuja.

Glory Nale Barinem aged 14, from Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, won the first prize of a Laptop and cash prize of N30, 000, while Olajumoke Jude, 13, from D-Ivy College, Ogun State, won the second prize of a Laptop and N20, 000. The third prize went to 16 year old Daniella Ndubuisi-Ike from Loyola Jesuit, Abuja, who also received a Laptop and a cash prize of N10, 000.

In his Keynote address, the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, noted that ensuring gender equality is at the front burner of the EU External Action Policies and asked everyone to make a conscious effort in their various spheres of influence to ensure gender parity for all.

Hon. Ukeje-Elendu, Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs also made a passionate plea for all nations to include voices of women & youth.

The best 10 runners –up received a grant of N30,000 each for books.

Congratulations to our Gender Champions! – The future is here.

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.

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