“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” This is a message for all of humanity and I am delighted to see the Global Youth Challenge taking World Peace as its theme for 2021. We look forward to learning from young people around the world what kind of education they see as a pathway to peace and what kind of leadership will make possible a future that combines peace with equity and justice for our world. I will be honored to serve as one of the judges in this competition!
Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
The disaster brought by COVID-19 to mankind is far from over, and people have fallen into worrying conflicts."Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace". This is a saying from Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General.I am delighted to initiate the Global Youth Challenge 2021:World Peace，where we inspire youth around the world to reflect, think, and consider how to build a peaceful world.
Chief executive (CE)
The Global Youth Challenge
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
Senior Development Officer
University of Waterloo
Toronto Central Academy
This Writing and Speaking Contest consists of a 300-500 word essay plus a one-minute video speech, or a visual artwork plus a one-minute video speech.
Each entry will examine a possible pathway to world peace through the lens of a subject like mathematics, art, history, business, and science.
For example, from a historical viewpoint, one could look at the characteristics of successful peace negotiations between former enemies. Or, a piece of artwork could illustrate an aspect of a peaceful world. Or, a business student might consider the way the world of business might affect peaceful relations between nations. And, not to be left out, science, mathematics, and engineering students are challenged to suggest how these disciplines may also have a role in creating a pathway to world peace.
Chosen finalists will present their entry to a panel of judges for a chance to win:
1st Place Winner (one): $500 CAD, Certificate of Distinction
2nd Place Winners (five): $200 CAD, Certificate of Distinction
3rd Place Winners (ten): $100 CAD, Certificate of Distinction
Top 25% students: Free Online Leadership Class
The Top 25% of students will be eligible to win a $25,000 scholarship (provided by The Erindale Academy), which can be used over a 4-year period at The Erindale Academy. Transcripts must be submitted. Minimum GPA required.
Top 25% will also receive a Certificate of Distinction with their names posted on this website.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation
Are the ideas expressed by the
student unique and original?
How interesting, clear and captivating is the presentation?
Are the fact presented based on dependable sources of information?
Is there something about the presentation that makes it stand out?
Vocabulary level, clarity, how well it supports the essay or art piece.
Rules regarding plagiarism will be strictly enforced.