Exchange of Experience on the Würth Education Award: Integrating Entrepreneurial Thinking in Schools - The Würth Education Award is going into a new round

Künzelsau. On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, the Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Charitable Würth Foundation had invited 16 teachers to an exchange of experience to Freie Schule Anne-Sophie.

The event was organized for educators working in those schools having won this award in 2008 and 2009 as well as for those teachers participating in the Würth Education Award in the current school year. The objective of this afternoon was to pass on the experience the teachers had collected within the framework of their participation in the Würth Education Award and in doing so support the current participants in their projects.

Last year’s prize winners of last year presented their projects that deal with a whole range of different topics. Haierschule Faurndau (Göppingen) explained how they built up the pupils' company ”Haiershop AG“ that sells stationery today and offers services such as the rental of pocket calculators.

“Thanks to the presentations by the schools awarded we gained new ideas and impulses we would not have through of before", said Werner Klingel from Albertville-Realschule Winnenden. “For us, the information provided was food for thought that we can very well use in our projects.” In the following discussion round the teachers went into one or the other topic more thoroughly.

The event closed with a tour of Freie Schule Anne-Sophie where Michael Buck, member of the management team of Freie Schule Anne-Sophie, explained the pedagogic concept of the school.

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.

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 for the Würth Education Award with their projects for the school year 2010/2011 until July 31, 2010. Please ask Stefanie Wilhelm from the Competence Center Economic Education, phone 07940 15-2092, for more information.