Sunday, June 3 | Submitted by Bethany Parry
Brewer Science Center of Rolla, Mo., is sponsoring a science teacher for a school in remote Tanzania through Askinosie Chocolate’s neighborhood and global outreach program, Chocolate University.
The donation will provide one year’s salary for the first science teacher at the Mwaya Secondary School in Tenende, a village where Askinosie Chocolate sources beans and Chocolate University has been involved for the past two years.
“These kids have never had a science teacher until now,” Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate, said. “Adding science to the curriculum will provide them with a vital part of their education they’ve been missing.”
Tenende, in the Kyela District of rural southwestern Tanzania, is home to Mwaya Secondary School. The school, with only ten teachers, serves more than 1,100 students from Tenende and neighboring villages. The school is located in a rice and cacao-producing valley near the shores of Lake Nyasa. The region suffers from extreme poverty, limited access to clean water and food, widespread HIV rates and unequal access to education for girls.
Askinosie Chocolate is also working with the Mwaya PTA on a fully sustainable nutrition program and an educational video curriculum for the students. This summer, Askinosie will take another group of Springfield high school students to Tanzania. They will work with farmers, help implement the nutrition program and work with the Empowered Girls Club that Chocolate University funds.
About Chocolate University
Chocolate University is a neighborhood and global outreach initiative of Askinosie Chocolate. It was formed with a vision to provide a learning experience to Boyd Elementary, Pipkin Middle School and local high school students through the lens of artisan chocolate making and social business. The goals of the project are to inspire the children about social entrepreneurship and a world beyond their own. Askinosie Chocolate funds Chocolate University through 100% of their tour proceeds and generous contributions.
About Askinosie Chocolate
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Mo., sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.