In the traditional patriarchal structure of Nepali culture sons have been valued over daughters. Although at the primary level urban girls access to education is high, these numbers fall as they progress through the educational system. Due to the expense of private schooling, Nepali families often only provide male children with a private education. Female children are frequently sent to public schools, which lack resources and developed curricula. As a result, many girls drop out prior to receiving their high school living diploma. Without an education or diploma, girls are more vulnerable to trafficking.
SASANE’s School Awareness Program provides public schools with resources to identify human trafficking practices, information on gender and human rights, early marriage education as well as some scholarship funds and donations to keep girls in school. The ultimate goal of this program is to decrease drop out rates and keep vulnerable populations educated about the realities of human trafficking.