Thursday, September 26 | Submitted by Lawren Askinosie | Downtown Central
Brewer Science, of Rolla, Mo., has sponsored a computer teacher for the 2013-2014 school year
Tenende, Tanzania is one of Askinosie Chocolate’s four cocoa bean sources and it’s also the site of Mwaya Secondary students but has only 10 teachers. The school had virtually no curriculum materials untilSchool, a high school they’ve partnered with since 2010 byengaging with the administrators, teachers, parents, and students to meet their needs insustainable ways through their business model of craft chocolate. Mwaya is attended by 1,100 at Mwaya Secondary School in Tenende, Tanzania through Askinosie
Chocolate’s global youth community engagement program, Chocolate University.
Chocolate University provided textbooks and installed Khan Academy videos on laptops
powered by a generator. And now, thanks to the generous support of Brewer Science, Chocolate
University has been able to hire a computer teacher for the school.
Shawn Askinosie, founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, recently returned from one of his annual trips to Tenende and was able to witness the impact of the instructor, Emmanuel Swallow, firsthand. “Mr. Swallow is a degreed Tanzanian teacher who moved to the remote southwestern region of the country to teach students and teachers alike. In the past year he has worked with the school on integrating the Khan Academy video system into their curriculum. Mr. Swallow’s greatest improvements have been in the subjects of physics, math, biology, and chemistry. The success of the program and his presence is already evidenced by the improved grades and increased attendance rates, which we monitor along with school administrators. None of this would be without Mr. Swallow and his presence would not be possible if not for Brewer Science,” says Askinosie.
“The progress of this initiative is incredible when you consider that in 2010 this school
did not even have basic text books,” said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and President of Brewer
Science. “We are proud to be a supporter of the Mwaya Secondary School in Tanzania and are
excited that our support will help provide a new computer instructor to manage the school’s new
video-learning program. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Shawn Askinosie
which is changing lives through Chocolate University.”
To learn more about Chocolate University, please visit www.chocolateuniversity.org or
contact Lawren Askinosie at 417-862-9900 or www.askinosie.com.
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 by engaging with the communities of the company’s cocoa bean source
countries. 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 with 14 employees located in
Springfield, Mo., sourcing 100% of their beans directly from 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. 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 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. To learn
more, visit askinosie.com.