Goi Peace Essay 2012 Nfl

Also known as *Slum Ambassador*, I was raised from a poor Muslim polygamous family in Bwaise,  the most deprived slum area in the Kampala capital city. During child hood, I was discriminated, abused and neglected.  At the age of 10, I left home to live on my own, slept without a roof and blanket, I carried garbage and sold scrap to raise my school fees, school materials and other basic needs. When I graduated from high school in 2009, I formed "Action for Fundamental Change and Development" which is creating access to education opportunities to children and youth in the poorest areas of Kampala capital because 50% of the total population of 90,000 people of my slum community has never attained primary education. In June, 2011 we started a community based school initiated that provides formal education, recreational and fun activities to 200 orphans, vulnerable children and those living with HIV/AIDS between the ages of 3-14 years.
My organization also runs Bwaise Youth Employment Centre which provides 800 local youth annually with hands-on vocational skills training in - Graphic Designing, Hair Dressing, Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food Services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photo and Video Editing, Local Arts and Crafts etc. BYEC also provides soft skills on ("how to make it in a business world") including sessions on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to growth in individual, social and community leadership. At the end of the training's, youth beneficiaries take a one month internship and after they receive startup capital inform of materials and cash. This project is supported with a grant of USD 87,000 from the US Embassy Kampala and was launched by the US Ambassador to Uganda, HE Scott H. DeLisi. I also had a chance to interact with US President Barrack Obama during the The Town Hall meeting with Young African Leaders on his visit to South Africa.

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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The Goi Peace Foundation

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

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