The School competition for political education is aimed at grades 4/5 to 11/12 of all school types. It aims to bring current topics to schools and stimulate teaching by pupils independently gathering information, recognising problems and developing their own well-founded opinions. The projects train their own research, group work, discussions with experts and the independent preparation and presentation of the jointly developed project results (e.g. wall newspapers, websites, calendars, videos, newspaper pages or radio features).
The work should be done independently by the students under the guidance of the teacher. In the sense of "discovering learning", the young people should independently obtain information, recognize problems, analyze problems, develop suggested solutions and formulate their own justified opinions. If sources are used, they must be specified. The teacher should - depending on the age and independence of the students - be confined during the project work predominantly to an advisory activity.
In a multi-stage selection process the best competition work will be determined. 350 entries will be rewarded with 11 five-day class trips and cash prizes. The decision of the jury is final and not contestable.
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This competition is open to all students from grades 4-12 enrolled in a German school, therefore entry is not competitive. However, in terms of succeeding - it is highly competitive: 2552 classes or study groups with more than 50,000 students took part in the 2019 competition.
There are no associated fees for participation, however, there may be costs involved in terms of purchasing materials for the competition submission.
As this competition is the largest German-language competition for political education and has been a "classic" in the school landscape since 1971, enriching the teaching of political education in schools. To this end, they offer project proposals developed by colleagues with current and controversial topics for grades 4 to 12. The tasks are clearly structured, which facilitates the lesson planning, but is also open enough for own design possibilities. There are no particular skills required in order to participate in this competition.
Participation is flexible in terms of time - therefore the amount of time dedicated to the competition project(s) is at the discretion of the participant.
Registration must be completed online - you can see the current status of your submitted projects by creating an account in the competition portal.