Congratulations to Najja on being one of a few dozen students worldwide who were chosen for recognition in an international essay contest about peace and humanity!

Sponsored annually by the Goi Peace Foundation, a Tokyo-based non-governmental organization partnered with UNESCO, the essay contest focused this year on the theme of “creating a society full of kindness.”

More than 7,000 students from all over the world submitted essays in the 7-14 age group, and Najja, a seventh-grader from Flossmoor, was one of only 33 students who were chosen for prizes or honorable mention.

According to their website:

The Goi Peace Foundation embodies the spirit of Masahisa Goi (1916-1980), a Japanese teacher, philosopher, poet and author who dedicated his life to peace and humanity. After witnessing the terrible destruction of the Second World War, Masahisa Goi started a world peace movement to spread the universal message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” as a way to unite the hearts of humanity transcending all boundaries of culture, religion, and politics.

The foundation’s 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.

Congratulations, Najja!