In this March 15, 2012 photo, Indian schoolgirls ride bicycles, received under a Bihar state government program of giving free bicycles to teenage girls to keep them in school, on the outskirts of Patna, India. Before starting the program in 2007, officials in Bihar, one of India's poorest and most backward states, despaired over how to educate the state's females, whose literacy rate of 53 percent is more than 20 points below that of its men. The program was an instant success, with the number of girls registered in the ninth grade in Bihar's state schools more than tripling in four years, from 175,000 to 600,000. (AP Photo/Prashant Ravi)