MelJol develops children’s citizenship skills by focusing on their rights and responsibilities and providing them opportunities to contribute positively to their environment. It promotes child rights education in formal and non-formal school settings.
MelJol piloted Aflatoun in 2001 in Mumbai, India, which is the birthplace of the Aflatoun program. MelJol has since been scaling up Aflatoun by partnering with NGOs in other states and coordinating with the Ministries of Education. It works in 8 states in India: Maharashtra, Kerala, Orissa, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Assam and Andhra Pradesh. MelJol coordinates with other NGOs, namely Rajagiri outREACH (Kerala), ASHA or Association for Social and Health Advancement (Orissa), Prayatn (Rajasthan), SICHREM or South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Karnataka), LEADS or Life Education and Development Support (Jharkhand), NERSWN or North East Research and Social Networking (Assam) and Divya Disha and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Andhra Pradesh), to bring Aflatoun to more children.