You are far more likely to remember things you have done yourself. This is why, ever since the 1970s, the Foundation has relied on activity-oriented learning in the form of computer-based simulations / management games. This involves school students with "economics" in a lively, easy to understand way.
Teaching concepts for economics
The simulations and management games were devised in co-operation with the Institute for Education in Economics (Institut für Wirtschaftspädagogik) at the University of St. Gallen and other management game experts. They are designed as teaching concepts. This means that as well as the game software they comprise documents for the course leader, class materials and in part also teaching materials.
Currently, the Foundation offers material targeted particularly at Sekundarstufe II (higher secondary schools and vocational schools etc.) and universities, and also for adult education. The EcoStartup teaching concept can also be used at lower secondary school (Sekundarstufe I) level.
„Human plus tool“
Combining an economic teaching concept with its communication by a person with practical experience has shown itself to be ideal for learning success. The Economy Weeks are based on this model. Here, executives from the business world teach school students ("humans") for a week. The framework of an Economy Week is the WIWAG® („simulation Tool“).
Geographically speaking, the Foundation's activities focus on Switzerland. In addition, we undertake collaborations with reliable partners abroad. Activities abroad are extended according to the situation and only if we can work with partner organisations that have the appropriate capability and long-term quality can be assured. We are not at present planning any further projects abroad.