Get Inspired! Read the Wonderful, Winning Essays in Carnegie Council's International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Imagining a Better Future"

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What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? Read the winning entries of this annual essay contest: two from South Korea, and one each from Australia, Nigeria, Singapore, and the United States.

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What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 International Student/Teacher Essay Competition.

The essay question was: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?

To read the winning essays, click here:

And the winners are:


Joint First Prize
Why Korean Unification Is Not a Selfish Wish
Eunice Yoona Lee, age 17, Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, South Korea

Imagining a Better Future: Trust in Our Protectors
Angela Yoon, age 16, Seoul International School, South Korea

Second Prize
Cadel Watson, age 16, Castlemaine Secondary College, Australia

Third Prize
Hopes for the Next Century: Religious Tolerance
Kavya Deshpande, age 15, United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

Honorable Mention
The Inconspicuous yet Vital Challenge of the 21st Century
Liam Dalton, Rye Country Day School, USA
Imagining a Better Future: Sustainable Energy Around the World
Twelfth-grade students Ahmed Mohamed Qaalib, Mustafe Mohamed Ibrahim, Hamze Faisal Abdi, and Ubah Abdi Ali, and teacher Sarah Brinn Smith, Abaarso School of Science and Technology, Somaliland, Somalia


Joint Second prize
What's Needed Is the Emergence of a New Mind-Set
Ademola Adekunbi, age 19, law student, the University of Ilorin, Nigeria

"Acta Non Verba"(Deeds Not Words)
Joshua M. Asaro, age 22, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, USA

Honorable Mention
It's Time to Dethrone the GDP
Bochen Han, second-year undergraduate, Duke University, USA

The winners receive Amazon gift certificates and a copy of "Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader."

The judges would like to thank everyone who submitted an essay. The quality was high and we enjoyed reading them!

In total the Council received 173 entries from 38 countries. To read all the entries, click here.

Here is the country list in alphabetical order:

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. For more information, go to

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