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The school we recently visited in the Bihar village of Bumbuar, where we were encircled by a fleet of ambitious young girls on bikes, was also full of success stories, and since the scheme began, regular school attendance among girls has shot up to 90%.
In these girls' families, and for the rest of Bihar's rural poor, bicycles used to be reserved either for parents in their daily life, or for older brothers. But now, as many of Bumbuar's girls are attending school more regularly, not only is their knowledge of academic subjects improving, but their hunger for knowledge and a professional future is also increasing.
One keen young cyclist we met echoed the opinion and aspirations of many of her schoolmates, saying: "Every morning I look forward to going to school. When I'm older I want to go to university." This leap in the village girls' education and aspirations represents a quantum leap from their parents' era: just four of the 70 schoolgirls we met have mothers who made it to the tenth grade.