【Ended】 International Christian University (ICU) Global Youth Essay Competition 2021

【Submit by 11/30】 International Christian University (ICU) Global Youth Essay Competition 2021

Post:October 1st 2021

International Christian University (ICU) and Japan ICU Foundation invite youth from around the world to share their views on how to make society better.

Each year, essay topics are selected in the areas of human rights and current events. For 2021, the application will be open until November 30.

Essays must focus on one of this year’s topics. Select one of the following questions from the areas of human rights and current events.

1) From its founding after World War II, ICU has been committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every matriculating student signs a pledge to uphold the Declaration. One of the human rights that is emphasized in the Declaration is the right to quality education. Does everyone in your country have equal access to education? If not, who is left out? How can you make sure that everyone receives quality education?

2) ICU is strongly committed to gender equality. Through the Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and the activities of the Center for Gender Studies, students have an opportunity to learn about and get involved in promoting gender equality. Why is gender equality important? What can be done to promote gender equality in your country?

3) The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for millions of people. It has also disrupted everyday life in countries across the globe. Based on the experience of COVID-19, what changes would you make to create a better society?

Is there a word limit?
Essays must be no more than 650 words. Essays must have a title. The title does not count towards the word limit.

Who can apply?
Applicants must be aged 14-18 as of November 30, 2021 and must currently reside outside of Japan. Current university/college students are ineligible to apply.

Top Prize ( 1 winner ): Two round-trip airline tickets to Tokyo in the summer of 2022 for the winner and a guarantor. A visit to ICU will be incorporated into the trip. In lieu of the airline tickets, the top prize winner has the option of receiving 100,000 yen.

Second Prize ( 1 winner ): 50,000 yen gift card.

Third Prize ( 10 winner ): 5,000 yen gift card.

Application Close Date:11/30(Tue)