Commemoration of the Enactment of the UNESCO International Day of Mathematics
Expression contest: “My idea of Mathematics”

The purpose of the contest

・To commemorate UNESCO’s designation of March 14 as “International Day of Mathemat-ics” in 2020
・To provide an opportunity for secondary education students to deepen their understanding of the connection between mathematics and our society and, to increase their interest and motivation to learn mathematics.
・Provide an opportunity for young people across countries to exchange ideas, while having cross-cultural exchange through the publication of award-winning works.


Please share your works, expressing the following topics in a poster(pictures, figures, photos) or video format.

1) What is “Mathematics” for me(us)
2) Mathematics in your daily life
3) Connections between mathematics and the profession you pursue in the future
4) Ideas to solve issues in my region, country, and world with “Mathematics”
5) The ideas to promote interest in mathematics for people from the same generation

who are not, or are less, interested in it.
Mathematics is not only used in “science”. Your free and unique idea with a broad perspective is expected!

*Please select your theme from the above five themes to create your work. You may create the work for multiple themes, however please apply for each theme separately.
* There is no regulation for the size of the poster, however any size which is easy for the viewer to see is encouraged e.g. letter size or larger.
* Please make the video no longer than 1 minute.
* It is desirable to use words as little as possible. Please use English when using words (au-dio, telop).
*You are allowed to work by yourself, with classmates at school, or with other friends.
* The work should be an original – unpublished – of the applicant.

Eligibilit in Canaday

・Students from junior high school, middle school, and secondary school


・Submission procedure to be announced by the end of January
・The following information will be necessary when you apply
– Title of the work (or name of the theme)
– Name of the applicant (If you apply as group, please indicate the name of yourclass/grade/name of school)
– Name of your school, grade and age (if you apply individually)
– Address of your home (or school if you apply in group from school)

・Please attach your work in the following format
– JPEG/JPG (.jpg/.jpeg)
– PNG (.png)
– GIF (.gif)
– MPEG4(.mp4)
– MOV(.mov)
– WMV(.wmv)

Application deadline

March 1st (Mon.), 2021

Judgement, award and announcement of award

Judging criteria

– Consistency with the purpose of the contest
– Creative ideas for posters and videos
– Strongly impression on judges


Award will be determined based on the first screening by the secretariat and the second screening by Judges as experts.

(Judges, alphabetical order)

Ms. Yukie Ikushige President, School Advice Network
Representative Director, Career Education Coordinator Network Council
Former member of the Central Council for Education (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Ms. Aya Komaki President, Sanrio Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Chairperson, SDGs Platform, Japan
Dr. Masahisa Sato Professor, Graduate School of Environmental and Information
Studies, Tokyo City University
Mr. Shizumi Shimizu Chairman of The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan,
Professor of Teikyo University, Faculty of Education, Department of
Elementary Education
Ms. Naoko Shinozaki Freelance announcer, Math educator

*Excellent works will receive an award and be published with the applicants’ name, schools’ name and their grade on the website.
*A scientific calculator will be presented to the award-winning works by generosity of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.

Award’s Announcement

・Date: Sunday, March 14th (Please note that there may be a slight delay.)
・Award winner will be informed by e-mail and announced on the website.
・The copyright of the submitted works will belong to the organizer, but the applicants are also allowed to publish it by themselves once the contest results have been officially announced.


・The SDGs Platform, Japan
・The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan


*This project will be implemented as part of “The Platform for Future Co-Creation of UNESCO activities”, the project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), Japan

Privacy policy

・The personal information of applicants will be used only for the selection of award-winning works and contact with the award-winners, and will not be used for any purpose other than this competition.
・The organizer is responsible for managing applicants’ personal information.
・Applicants’ personal information will not be disclosed to a third party without applicant’s permission. However, if disclosure is requested based on a law or a legally binding order, we may respond to the request.
The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan’s Privacy Policy:

Background 〜For teachers and parents〜

The final goal of this project organizer is,,,

・Contribute for “Creation of peaceful and sustainable society” through “Mathematics education to live in society”
・”SDGs from Mathematics” : Develop human capital who can grasp society with mathematics, engage in it, solve issues, and create values.

More specifically,,,

・Increase students’ motivation to learn by providing opportunity which enable young people to understand that mathematics can help solve social issues and create values, and to know different ways of thinking.
・Increase access to information for young people, promote employment, contribute to enrich-ing individual lives, and deepen cross-cultural communication by learning and understand-ing “mathematics, which is a universal language,”

Basic concept of mathematics education based on this project

・Improving mathematics skills does not only means improving mathematical abilities, but al-so developing mathematical literacy (ability to find and understand roles of mathematics in society and, to make judgement based on mathematical principles and to engaged in mathematics, in private life,
professional life, social life with friends, family members and relatives, and life as
constructive, highly-conscious and thoughtful citizen at present, past and future)
・In order to deeply learn mathematics, it is necessary to recognize that mathematics is relat-ed to an individual’s interests and future dreams, and that mathematics is necessary to un-derstand the world.

Further plans from next year

・Japanese education experts analyze the submitted works and based on the results, formu-late a training program for mathematics education for teachers
・Organize the training program and seminar if possible
・International exchange of young people through their works

Introduction of the host organizations

・The SDGs platform is a non-profit organization established particularly active in the themes of “supporting the development of the next generation”, “promoting the active participation of women,” and “management reform of small and medium-sized enterprises.” They have been engaged in and implementing MEXT’s project “The Platform for Future Co-Creation of UNESCO activities” from this fiscal year.

・The Japan Mathematics Examination Association is a non-profit organization whose pur-pose is to increase people’s lifelong interest in mathematics, while improving their mathe-matics skills through the mathematics examination project sponsored by MEXT. They have been conducting projects to improve mathematical skills in Southeast Asia as an interna-tional cooperation. UNESCO proclaimed March 14 as the “International Day of Mathemat-ics” in 2019, but The Japan Mathematics Examination Association designated March 14th as “Mathematics Day” in Japan in 1997.

For more information,

Contact:SDGs Platform Japan

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The application deadline is March 1, 2021 .
Thank you for many applications.