T he Goi Peace Foundation
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The International Essay Contest for Young People is one of the peace education programs organized by the Goi Peace Foundation. The annual contest, which started in the year 2000, is a UNESCO/Goi Peace Foundation joint program since 2007.
The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" and 2005-2014 as the "United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them.
Each year, the essay contest adopts a theme relevant to building a Culture of Peace and a sustainable future, such as "Respect for life," "Caring for our planet," "Learning to live together," and "The role of media and ICT in building a peaceful world." The theme of the 2009 International Essay Contest for Young People was "The role of science in building a better world." Scientific progress has brought many benefits to humanity, while some applications of science have had adverse impacts. Young people were invited to express their vision for the future of science, and the kind of studies or researches they wish to engage in.
4,506 essay entries were received from as many as 134 countries. This publication contains a total of 16 essays: First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize winning essays in Children's and Youth categories respectively. Representing various cultures and backgrounds, the essays contain creative and innovative ideas of young people, who are ready to make use of their talents and energy for their community and the world.
We trust that these essays will inspire the readers to think about how we can make best use of science and technology in the 21st century, so that we may realize a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all.
In closing, we wish to thank the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japanese National Commision for UNESCO, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Nikkei Inc., the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, and Japan Airlines for their support, as well as the educational institutions, embassies, international organizations and various networks who have assisted us in disseminating the program.
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First Prize Essays
"Our Sea, Our Future"
"Science and Struggle: The Fusion of Research and Compassion" Parwiz Abrahimi
Second Prize Essays
Amit Jung Himali
"Building a Smarter Planet"
"Electricity for a Change"
"Biodegradable Material for Electronic Equipment"
"When Science Meets the World"
Third Prize Essays
Phang Wen Bin
"Electrical Outages and Influenza"
"Let It Light the Darkness: A Dream Comes True"
Adeline Tiffanie Suwana
"Photosynthetic Masks and Global Warming" Mizuki Hashimoto "Dynamic Science: The Makings of a Better World"
"'Science' Equals 'Humans'"
"The Power of Science Illuminating the World" Heidi Baumgartner "Proposal: Innovating Solar Power Systems to Improve Lives" Lilian Kanaya
"Scientific Development and the Coexistence of Animals and Humans" Hikari Kunitomo
"Encouraging the Access to Sciences to Construct a Better World" Kim Pawliw
"The Role of Science in Building a Better World: Shifting the Paradigms!!" Ruby Karmacharya
List of Other Prize Winners