Würth Education Award for future-oriented economy school projects – Selected schools will present their projects at Kunsthalle Würth on November 9, 2006

Künzelsau. In a kick-off meeting at Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, six secondary schools for general education from the entire state of Baden-Württemberg will present their project planning within the framework of the Würth Education Award. The presentation is the start of the project that will last several months and promises to be a very exciting opportunity for the participating schools.

The Würth Education Award is an initiative of the Competence Center for Economic Education based in Künzelsau, established by the entrepreneur Professor Dr. h. c. Reinhold Würth. Secondary schools for general education can apply for membership with future-oriented economy projects which they intend to implement during the next school year. It is the aim of the initiative to promote an economic and entrepreneurial way of thinking and acting at schools. Günther H. Oettinger, leader of the state of Baden-Württemberg, became patron of the award.Sixteen schools in total followed the first invitation to apply for the Education Award in spring this year. Out of all applicants six schools were chosen by the nine members of the jury. These six schools were taken up in the so-called Würth Förderkreis and will be supported professionally in the implementation of their projects. The six schools are the following: the two junior high schools Kirbachschule Sachsenheim and Schule Eigeltingen, the school Georg-Wagner-Realschule Künzelsau, St. Bernhard Bad Mergentheim, a school for girls, the high school Erasmus-Gymnasium Denzlingen, as well as the high school Deutschorden-Gymnasium Bad Mergentheim. The companies Mensch-Technologie-Organisation MTO (psychological research and consulting, Tübingen) and SYNNECTA (organisation development and management consulting, Karlsruhe) will grant the schools personnel and financial support.The kick-off meeting, in which the individual groups will get to know each other and will present their projects to the jury of the Würth Education Award, is the first important day for the students of Würth Förderkreis. Afterwards, they will have to put their ideas into practice. “I am really looking forward to this exciting cooporation with the schools and the creative exchange of ideas with the students,” said Hannelore Gloger, the manager of the Competence Center for Economic Education. “By means of the projects we want to strengthen the students’ sense of responsibility and to encourage them to actively participate in our social and market-based economy,” continues Hannelore Gloger.The work will culminate in the award ceremony at the end of the school year 2006/2007. Then, the Competence Center for Economic Education will present the Würth Education Award to the best projects. The award is endowed with EUR 12,000 in total.All schools will stay part of Würth Förderkreis for two more years after the termination of the project work, and will have the opportunity to take part in future network activities and events.