“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 on 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
I would like to thank all the members, sponsors and volunteers who took part in making this vision come alive. I look forward to closely watching the development of this wonderful organization and wish you the best of luck for many more years to come.
It is a great pleasure to extend my warm greetings to everyone taking part in the GYC 2021: World Peace, hosted by Global Youth Challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizer for your tireless work in organizing this endeavor. Your efforts will make such a difference in the lives of so many students. Not only will this event raise awareness on world peace, it also promotes exchanges of creative thoughts of youth around the world. There is no doubt this event will benefit and inspire countless youth for years to come.
Member of Parliament, Willowdale
It is my honour and pleasure to support all those involved with Global Youth Challenge and the GYC 2021: World Peace annual contest. I wish the contest organizers, judges and participants’ the peace of hope, health and prosperity in 2021.
MPP Don Valley North
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 facts 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.