Global Education Contest 2010
2009 Winner
"Life of refugees in Africa"

Global education is an educational effort to promote understanding of various problems that our earth and world are facing and to examine what is needed to create a fair society where people from different cultures, different ethnic groups, and different religions can live in harmony. The movement aims to foster an empathic view among people to see the world’s poverty or environment issues as their own problems and not somebody else’s, which should then encourage them to take actions to solve such problems.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Global Education Contest invites entries of educational materials that can be used to promote global education at schools. Started in 2004 as the Development Education and International Understanding Education Contest, the contest changed its title to the present one last year and is now accepting entries on a wide range of themes including poverty, infectious diseases, environment issues, climate changes, and so on.

This year, the contest is open to two genres: the Photo and Video section accepts photographs and videos that appeal to the children’s interest in global issues; and the International Cooperation Report section welcomes activity reports of global cooperation efforts. Both individuals and institutions, including schools and non-governmental organizations, can enter the contest regardless of their age and institution type. Winners of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Award are eligible to participate in an observation trip to a site of one of the ongoing ODA projects.

Entries for the Global Education Contest are accepted now through October 31, 2010. Winners will be announced in late December, and an award ceremony is scheduled on February 6 next year in Osaka as part of the One World Festival. If you are already part of international cooperation efforts, enter photos and videos showing your activities and share your concerns for the world with children.

Global Education Contest 2010 official website: (in Japanese only)

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