Würth Education Prize 2010: Economics school projects in Baden Wurttemberg receive award - Erich Kästner Schule Karlsruhe is awarded first prize

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Charitable Würth Trust awarded the Würth Education Prize 2010 for outstanding economic school projects in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg: The first prize which includes a EUR 4,000 award was given to Erich-Kästner-Schule Karlsruhe at Neues Schloss Stuttgart on Wednesday, 20 October 2010. The school was honored for the successful expansion of its school company by a students' café.

“Erich-Kästner-Schule actively worked for the establishment of its café while at the same time taking a networking approach. External companies as well as the parents were consulted as experts on different issues," the jury explained. “The students were also very creative when presenting their project.”

In total, six schools from all over Baden-Württemberg had reached the final round of the competition and were presented with prizes at the official award ceremony by Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, initiator of the prize and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts as well as Prof. Dr. Harald Unkelbach, Chairman of the Charitable Würth Trust.

Prof. Dr. Marion Schick, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg welcomed all guests to the event. “Somebody who understands the way the economy works can really take responsibility for their own life. That is why economic education is a top priority at our general education and vocational schools," Minister Schick explained. “The Würth Education Prize is a lucky chance for schools and classes. This prize supports economic education at schools in Baden-Württemberg in a sustainable manner by giving the schools professional support in the implementation of innovative and future-oriented economics projects.”

The second prize which included EUR 3,000 in prize money was awarded to a joint project of Albertville-Realschule and Robert-Boehringer-Werkrealschule in Winnenden. Both schools have founded the students’ company “Kla-mottenkiste” (clothing cabinet) which produces and sells school clothing. Gymnasium Karlsbad received the bronze prize including prize money of EUR 2,000 for the professional establishment of the school's own catering company "Platypus".

Three other schools were awarded fourth prize endowed with a prize money of EUR 1,000 for each school: Grund- und Hauptschule Grötzingen in Aichtal ("Students' company 3E: learning from and with professionals"), Pestalozzischule Göppingen ("Economics project Laden-AG (Shop AG) ‘We for you’”) and Eduard-Spranger-Schule in Reutlingen ("Edis Schreibshop (Edi's stationery shop): Establishment of a stationery shop”).

The event on Wednesday also marked the kick-off for the Würth Education Prize 2011: Students from six schools in Baden-Württemberg who applied for this prize presented their project plans for the first time. They had been selected from among the applicants over the summer and will be supported intensively in the implementation of their projects throughout the current school year.

The following schools will be supported: Tulla-Realschule Mannheim, Pestalozzi-Schule Friedrichshafen, Auerberg-Werkrealschule Walldürn, Integrierte Gesamtschule Mannheim, Fichte-Gymnasium Karlsruhe as well as Werkrealschule Klettgau.

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 competition was organized for the first time in spring 2006.

The entrepreneur Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth is the initiator of the award. He has been observing the economic education of young people attentively for many years, and gave a clear impulse by establishing the Competence Center Economic Education in 2005 to emphasize that more knowledge of business should be conveyed in schools.

Within this framework, the Competence Center closely cooperates with the Ministry for Education, Youth and Sports in Baden-Württemberg. Stefan Mappus, Premier of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, acts as patron 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 rewarded projects are not something that was completed and carried out in the past, but innovative project plans to be implemented in the following school 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 schools.

In a first step, six schools are selected 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 projects and hand over the “Oscar Fasty” trophy.