Würth Education Prize 2008: Future-oriented school projects from Baden-Württemberg honored - First prize goes to Golden-Bühl-Schule from VS-Villingen

Künzelsau/Stuttgart. On 22 October 2008, the Competence Center Economic Education under the roof of the Charitable Würth Trust presented the Würth Education Prize for the second time. The ceremony was celebrated at New Palace in Stuttgart. This year, the first prize that comes with prize money of EUR 4,000 was presented to Golden-Bühl-Schule from Villingen. With their project of a catering service within the framework of a pupils’ company, the 18 pupils of grades seven and eight of the school could convince the jury.

All in all, six schools from all over Baden-Württemberg had reached the final round of the competition and were presented their prizes at the official award ceremony by Professor Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, and Helmut Rau MdL, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the German land of Baden-Württemberg.

“Without basic knowledge of the market and its interrelations, people cannot understand economic developments,” stated Mr. Rau in his speech. It is therefore of great importance to place a focus on this matter in school education. The Würth Education Prize delivered important impulses for a practice-oriented teaching of economic knowledge.

The second place with prize money of EUR 3,000 went to the Protestant Lichtenstern-Gymnasium from Sachsenheim for their project “Economy/Social welfare work – Start of a special profile at high schools”. The high school established a Germany-wide new and unique profile subject at schools that connects the fields of economy with that of social welfare work.

The bronze prize amounting to EUR 2,000 received the team of Weygangschule Öhringen. Their project was about “win-win cooperation – School and the world of work”. The project group supported a stronger networking of their school with business enterprises of the region.

Another three schools were awarded the fourth prize that was endowed with a prize money of EUR 1,000 for each school: Realschule Bissingen ("Pupils’ Company SHU – Schüler helfen Umwelt”), Realschule Rheinstetten (“Tour Solar 2008”) and Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte in Schwäbisch Gmünd (“iLab – Von Schülern für Schüler”).

“It is so impressive to see the great variety of projects which the schools have initiated in the project period of one school year and with what professionalism they have implemented their projects,“ said Stefanie Wilhelm from the Competence Center Economic Education about the schools that participated in the Würth Education Prize 2008.

The event on Wednesday also marked the kick-off for the Würth Education Prize 2009. In a first step the jury had chosen six out of 14 schools that had applied for participation. They will be granted extensive support in the implementation of their projects in the course of the current school year. Within the framework of a kick-off meeting the pupils presented their project plans for the first time.

In detail, these are the following schools: Haierschule Faurndau (Göppingen), Christliche Schule in the Hegau region (Rielasingen-Worblingen), Schickhardt-Realschule Backnang, Evangelische Paul-Distelbarth-Gymnasium Obersulm, Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium Hockenheim and Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch.