Exchange of experiences on the Würth Education Award: Strengthening economic thinking and acting at schools Application phase for the new round has started

Künzelsau. The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Charitable Würth Trust welcomed 18 teachers to an exchange of experiences at Würth in Künzelsau on Wednesday, 21 January 2009.

The invitation was directed to pedagogues of the schools that won the Würth Education Award within the last two years as well as to teachers who are participating in the competition in the current school year 2008/2009. The exchange of experiences aims at promoting the networking between the schools and at supporting the projects of the participants in the current round.

Main item on the agenda were the reports by three winners of the Würth Education Award. The subsequent round of discussions gave the teachers the opportunity to specifically go into certain topics and to exchange ideas on concrete questions.

The Würth Education Award

The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Charitable Würth 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, Cultural Affairs, 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 for the school year 2009/2010 by 31 July 2009. The documents regarding this invitation to tender are available online at www.oekonomische-bildung-bw.de.