This report was developed for USAID’s Office of Women in Development by the EQUATEProject, Management Systems International (Prime Contractor). This report was contractedunder GEW-I-00-02-00021-00, Task Order #1, EQUATE: Achieving Equality in Education.
Cover photos:Top left: Children at a school in Kazakhstan participate in a national reading day. SapargulMirseitova/ Kazakh Reading Association, Courtesy of USAIDTop right: Young students in India look on as their teacher uses a chalkboard to explain a lesson. © 2007 Rabin Chakrabarti, Courtesy of PhotoshareBottom right: A girl in Guatemala waits for her mother after school. © 2003 Antonieta Martin, Courtesyof PhotoshareBottom middle: Boys in Egypt reading books provided through USAID-funded educational programs. BenBarber, Courtesy of USAIDBottom left: A young girl in Eritrea works on her studies. © 2006 Konjit B. Ghebremariam, Courtesy ofPhotoshare