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    With schools far away and little money to pay for transport costs, children in many developing countries like India and Kenya walk long distances to school. The situation is even worse for girls, who often experience violence on their way to school. So girls are often kept at home helping with the housework.

    However, World Bicycle Relief is helping to change that. It is seeking to change girls’ lives through the power of the bicycle.

    Bihar, is the poorest state in India. Until 2007, too many teenage girls in Bihar were dropping out of school. But, that same year, World Bicycle Relief began offering bicycles to girls to help them get to school. And the results are measurable. A 2016 study found that providing bicycles to teenage girls in India increased school attendance by 28% and increased academic (学术的) performance by 59%. Loise Luseno is a 16-year-old girl. Members of her family work as farmers. They earn just about $ 30 a month—not nearly enough for food, school costs and transport. In the past, she had to get up at 4 a.m. and walk about 15 kilometers to reach school. Last year, she dropped out of school because of the distance. But, a few months ago, Luseno went back to school—this time on a bicycle.

    The positive influence has led to further projects across Africa, South America and South-East Asia, resulting in a running total of over 320,000 bicycles in the past ten years.

    “Bicycles reduce the safety risks for girls because the girls get to school quicker. It also helps parents not to lose work time taking their girls to school.” Christina Kwauk, an expert on girls’ education, explains. She calls the bicycle programs a low-cost and very promising solution, saying that many organizations in wealthier countries would be happy to provide this kind of resource.

    28. All the following stop girls in developing countries going to school except       .

    A. transport costs                                                               B. long distances to schools

    C. safety risks                                                                     D. girls’ poor academic performances

    29. What is the aim of World Bicycle Relief?

    A. To help poor countries to raise education levels.

    B. To expand bicycle markets in developing countries.

    C. To allow girls in developing countries to have access to school.

    D. To encourage wealthier countries to donate more bicycles.

    30. What does Paragraph 3 mainly tell us?

    A. World Bicycle Relief has made a great difference in India.

    B. The educational conditions of Bihar have been improved.

    C. Indian families are thankful to World Bicycle Relief.

    D. Loise Luseno is lucky to return to school.

    31. What is Christina Kwauk’s attitude toward World Bicycle Relief?

    A. Unconcerned.                B. Optimistic.                      C. Unfavorable.                  D. Curious.

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