First Würth Education Prize Awarded Competence Center ‘Economic Education’ awards a prize to future-oriented school projects

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. The “race“ for the first Würth Education Prize is over: Within the framework of an official presentation held at Neues Schloss (New Castle) in Stuttgart, the Competence Center ‘Economic Education’ awarded the first prize to the project of Kirbachschule Sachsenheim-Hohenhaslach on Wednesday, 7 November 2007. The prize includes prize money of 4,000 euros.

The pupils of the classes 7 to 9 of Kirbachschule could convince the jury with their project – the cultivation of their school vineyard and the marketing of grapes by a pupils’ company. They were the best of the six schools that had managed to make it to the final round of the competition.

First of all, the six participating schools presented their projects. After that, the prize winners received their awards from Prof. Dr. h. c. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, as well as Helmut Rau, minister of education and cultural affairs, youth and sports of Baden-Württemberg. Günther H. Oettinger, prime minister of the land of Baden-Württemberg and patron of the Würth Education Prize, spoke words of welcome.

The second place (3,000 euros) was gained by Deutschorden-Gymnasium Bad Mergentheim that had developed and established a multitude of economic school activities last year. The third prize (2,000 euros) was achieved by a project group of the school of Eigeltingen near Lake Constance. There, the pupils take care of the room service for a neighboring home for the elderly under the motto “Pantoffel trifft Turnschuh“ (“Slipper meets sneaker”).

Three further schools had to share the price money for the fourth prize with each other (total of 1,000 euros): Georg-Wagner Realschule from Künzelsau with their project “School clothing“, the school for girls St. Bernhard Bad Mergentheim with their “Musical company“ and the high school Erasmus-Gymnasium Denzlingen with “Solar AG“.

“It is so nice to see the variety of projects with the help of which teachers promote the economic knowledge of their pupils and the creativity and commitment the pupils show in tackling the projects“, praised Sven Entenmann, head of the Competence Center ‘Economic Education’, the commitment of the participating schools.

Helmut Rau, minister of education and cultural affairs congratulated the prize winners and honored the commitment of the Competence Center ‘Economic Education’. He called the approach of the Würth Education Prize “innovative“. Mr. Rau said: “The schools are not supported for measures that have already been taken, but they receive professional support in the implementation of future-oriented projects.“ Since the reform of the educational plan in 2004, the conveying of economic knowledge has been gaining in importance at schools. The Education Prize supports the development and promotes a creative way of dealing with economic issues.

After the presentation of the Würth Education Prize 2006/2007, the event went on with a “kick-off meeting“ of the six schools that have applied for the Würth Education Prize 2007/2008. For the first time, the participating schools presented the projects that they intend to put into practice in the running school year.

In a first selection procedure they were chosen from among a total of 13 schools from all over Baden-Württemberg. These are the schools: Weygangschule in Öhringen and Golden-Bühl-Schule in Villingen, Realschule Bissin-gen, Wernher-von-Braun Realschule in Rheinstetten, Lichtenstern-Gymnasium in Sachsenheim and Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte in Schwäbisch Gmünd (school for highly gifted pupils).

The Würth Education Prize

The Competence Center ‘Economic Education’ under the roof of the charitable Würth Trust offers the Würth Education Prize for future-oriented economic school projects every year. The prize was introduced in spring 2006.

Initiator of the prize is the entrepreneur Prof. Dr. h. c. Reinhold Würth, who has been observing the economic education of young people for many years and who gave a clear impulse for the stronger promotion of economic knowledge at schools with the establishment of the Competence Center ’Economic Education’ in 2005. In this connection, the Competence Center closely cooperates with the ministry of education and cultural affairs, youth and sports of Baden-Württemberg. Günther H. Oettinger, prime minister of the land of Baden-Württemberg, has assumed the patronage over the Würth Education Prize.

All secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg providing general education can apply for the Würth Education Prize. In contrast to many other prizes, the Competence Center does not evaluate a finished project, but an innovative project that the schools want to implement in the following school year. The projects carried through in this connection are above all supposed to strengthen the entrepreneurial and economic thinking and acting at schools.

In a first step, 6 schools are chosen from among all applicants every year. They receive professional advice and financial support in the implementation of their projects. After the course of one year the Competence Center ‘Economic Education’ awards the Würth Education Prize, which includes prize money of further 12,000 euros, and the trophy “Oscar Fasty“ to the best projects.