17/01/08

Exchange of experiences on the Würth Education Award

Künzelsau. On Thursday, 17 January 2008, the Competence Center Economic Education hosted an exchange of experiences within the framework of the Würth Education Award. About 20 teachers took part in the event held at the Würth Group’s corporate headquarters.

The exchange of experiences was directed to the pedagogues at all schools who won this award last year as well as to those schools participating in the Würth Education Award in the current school year 2007/2008. The objective of this meeting was promoting the schools’ networking activities and supporting the teachers participating in the current round in their projects.

In an informal setting, the six schools honored in the Würth Education Award 2006/2007 presented their respective projects and the experiences gained in the process. The ensuing vivid exchange provided lots of ideas and inspiration which the teachers were able to take back to their schools.

The Würth Education Award

The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Würth charitable trust invites bids for the Würth Education Award every year, honoring future-oriented school projects on business and the economy. The entrepreneur Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth initiated the award and gave a clear impulse by establishing the Competence Center Economic Education in 2005 to emphasize that knowledge of business ought to be conveyed more in schools. Within this framework, the Competence Center closely cooperates with the Ministry for Education, Youth and Sports in Baden-Württemberg. Günther H. Oettinger, Minister President of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, has assumed patronage of the Würth Education Award.

All secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg without specialization can apply for the Würth Education Award. Unlike many other awards, the project honored is not something that was completed and carried out in the past, but it is about an innovative project plan to be implemented in the following academic year by the respective schools. The primary aim of the projects carried out within this context is to strengthen entrepreneurial and economic thinking and acting at school.

The first step is selecting two Haupt- and Realschulen (schools preparing students for apprenticeships and vocational qualifications) and two grammar schools (schools leading up to university) respectively every year from all the applicants who will receive professional advice and financial support for the implementation of their projects. After one year, the Competence Center Economic Education will present the Würth Education Award, including another EUR 12,000 in prize money, to the best among those projects and hand over the “Oscar Fasty” trophy.

The Würth Education Award is going into a new round: Interested schools can apply with their projects for the Würth Education Award 2008/2009 by 31 July 2008. The documents regarding this invitation to tender are available online at www.oekonomische-bildung-bw.de.