Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch received Würth Education Award 2013

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. The Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Würth Foundation presented the Würth Education Award 2013 for outstanding economic school projects. The students of Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch may rejoice about the first place, endowed with EUR 4,000.

Their project "GF II managt" (GF II is managing) comprises a two-step map exercise competition, in which students are in charge of a fictional water sports and leisure complex, thus working out business fundamentals on their own. "This map exercise, carried out among all year-9 students, helped to achieve a stronger inclusion of the field of business and economics at Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch. The idea to involve trainees of the education partner companies also enriched the project a lot", stated the jury.

A total of six schools from the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg reached the final round of the competition and received their awards during the official prize ceremony at New Palace Stuttgart on 16 October. For a year, all participants had received professional support from the Competence Center Economic Education for the implementation of their project.

The second prize, endowed with EUR 3,000, was awarded to Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte Schwäbisch Gmünd. Their project "Unternehmen Wirtschaft – Wirtschafft Nachhaltigkeit" (Endeavor for business - business for sustainability) expanded and sharpened the economic profile of the school. The main objective of this inclusive approach was a focus on sustainability while doing business as well as studying.

Grund- und Werkrealschule Villingendorf received bronze, endowed with EUR 2,000, for their idea "ready to go to Ireland". They founded a school cooperative organizing, among other things, a catering service, a stand on the Christmas market, an Irish dinner and a barbecue. The students used the profits made with this for a school trip to Ireland.

Three more schools, August-Ruf-Bildungszentrum Ettenheim, Sonnenluger-Werkrealschule Mengen and Karl-Erhard-Scheufelen-Grund- und Werkrealschule Lenningen, received the fourth prize, endowed with EUR 1,000 each.

"This competition offers adolescents to gain an insight into complex economic processes and fosters social values such as the ability to work in a team and an approach based on taking action. The projects reflect inventive entrepreneurial spirit and creativity - both characteristics that have a long-standing history in Baden-Württemberg", said Dr. Jörg Schmidt, Head of Department in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture and Education, Youth and Sport. Economic matters need to be attached higher priority at schools. This is why the Ministry of Culture and Education will introduce the subject of "Wirtschaft und Berufs- und Studienorientierung" (Business and economics - a guide to degrees and professions) at all general secondary schools as part of the 2015 reform of the education plan.

The Würth Education Award is intended to be awarded on a regular basis, which is why it will be continued in the academic year 2013/2014. Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium Hockenheim, Walter-Erbe-Realschule Tübingen, Gemeinschaftsschule Eigeltingen, Hohenbergschule Albstadt-Ebingen and Robert-Gerwig-Schule St. Georgen were accepted to the final round of the competition.

Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch received Würth Education Award 2013

Students of all prize-winning schools at the award ceremony of the Würth Education Award 2013.

Photo: Würth