School projects from Baden-Württemberg receive the Würth Education Award 2009 – two first prize winners

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. The Würth Education Award was presented for the third time by Kompetenzzentrum Ökonomische Bildung (Competence Center Economic Education) under the umbrella of the Non-Profit Würth Foundation on Thursday, October 22, 2009. This year, Haierschule Faurndau (Göppingen) and Christliche Schule im Hegau (Rielasingen-Worblingen) are the two winners of the first prize endowed with 4,000 Euro and awarded in the Neues Schloss in Stuttgart.

Haierschule Faurndau accepted the award for the professional and committed establishment of its company run by students called “Haiershop AG“ selling stationery among other items and offering services such as the loan of pocket calculators.

The Competence Center honored Christliche Schule im Hegau for the successful realization of its concept “Our School – a Business“ that helped to firmly establish economic projects across all educational stages in the school’s curriculum.

“The fact that the first prize was awarded twice clearly shows the commitment and the achievements of all schools and reflects the intense discussions of the members of the jury regarding the places in the ranking", said Stefanie Wilhelm from Competence Center Economic Education.

Apart from the two winners of the first prize, four other schools from Baden-Württemberg had reached the last phase of the competition and on the occasion of the official ceremony received their prizes out of the hands of Prof. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts and Georg Wacker MdL (member of the State Assembly), Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sport of Baden-Württemberg.

“The Würth Education Award lastingly promotes economic education in schools in Baden-Württemberg. The importance of a comprehensive general economic education for students is clearly illustrated by the current crisis of the financial system and its consequences for the economic development in our country. Without profound knowledge of the market, its interrelations and dependences, this global problem is hardly comprehensible. The award’s orientation towards the future is illustrated by the fact that it is only presented after one year. The schools can now successfully realize their innovative economic projects”, said Undersecretary of State Wacker.

The Bronze Award endowed with 2,000 Euro was presented to Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium Hockenheim for the project “gaußline – Sale of School Uniforms in the School’s Own Shop“.

Three further schools were honored with the fourth prize endowed with 1,000 Euro respectively: Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch (“Economic Concept 2GETHER“), Ev. Paul-Distelbarth-Gymnasium Obersulm (“The Automobile as Regional and Global Economic Factor“ and Schickhardt-Realschule Backnang (“Buttons and more“).

The event on Thursday also fired the starting pistol for the Würth Education Award 2010: Out of 12 selected applications from Baden-Württemberg, the jury had identified six schools in the final selection that will receive comprehensive support for the realization of their projects in the current school year. In Stuttgart, the students presented their planned projects for the first time.

The following schools were chosen: Albertville-Realschule Winnenden, Eduard-Spranger-Schule Reutlingen, Erich Kästner-Schule Karlsruhe, Grund- und Hauptschule mit Werkrealschule Grötzingen, Gymnasium Karlsbad and Pestalozzischule Göppingen.

The Würth Education Award

Every year, the Competence Center Economic Education under the umbrella of the Non-Profit Würth Foundation advertises the Würth Education Award for future-oriented school projects related to the field of economy. The Würth Education Award was offered for the first time in the spring of 2006.

The award was initiated by the businessman Prof. Reinhold Würth who has been focusing on young people’s economic education for many years and who, with the establishment of the Competence Center Economic Education in 2005, clearly indicated the importance of teaching economics in schools.

Within this framework, the Competence Center closely cooperates with the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sport of Baden-Württemberg. Günther H. Oettinger, Prime Minister of the Land of Baden-Württemberg, is patron of the Würth Education Award.

All secondary schools providing a general education in Baden-Württemberg can apply for the Würth Education Award. In contrast to many other awards, the Würth Education Award does not evaluate a finished project completed in the past, but concentrates on innovative, planned projects intended to be realized by the respective schools in the following school year. The projects carried out within this framework are first and foremost supposed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and activities in the school.

Among all applicants, six schools are selected in the first step of the process that will receive professional advice and financial support in the realization of their projects. After one year, the Competence Center Economic Education bestows the Würth Education Award endowed with 12,000 Euro upon the best of these projects and presents a trophy called “Oscar-Fasty”.