About MelJol

MelJol aims at developing responsible citizenship amongst children through Child Rights Education.aflatoun-meljol
According to MelJol, good citizenship involves a commitment to democratic values and responsible partnership in the process of change, understanding existing diversity and believing in equal rights for all. MelJol believes that children have rights and linked to these rights have responsibilities which they need to be made aware of. It is only when children are aware of their rights that they can respect the rights of everything in the environment (living and non living). MelJol therefore seeks to develop children’s citizenship skills by focusing on their rights and responsibilities and providing them opportunities to contribute positively to their environment. Thus, ‘Equal Rights, Opportunities and Respect for all,’ forms the basis of MelJol’s philosophy.

Initiated in 1991, as a field action project of the Department of Family and Child Welfare, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), MelJol is registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860) and Bombay Public Trust Act (1950). Currently MelJol works in urban as well as rural areas, Apart from Mumbai, MelJol works across 4323 schools across India directly impacts nearly 500000 children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), to which India is a signatory is the major framework within which MelJol bases its interventions. To MelJol, Child Rights Education implies equity oriented humanistic education, which recognizes that each one of us contributes to life and the environment in our own special way and thus each one of us is important to, nature.aflatoun

Our Mission
MelJol’s mission is to work towards an equitable social structure within a pluralistic society i.e. one that is an integrated society, where different cultures coexist. MelJol operates within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). By educating children and their significant others on child rights and responsibilities, MelJol addresses prejudices focusing on the following key concepts equity, ageism, gender, ethnicity, classism and ableism. We facilitate the imbibing of positive values, and aims to make society progress on the continuum of being intolerant to being tolerant to understanding rights to acceptance to finally equitable coexistence. It thus focuses on promoting respect and a better quality of life for all.

Our Objectives
•    Creating awareness on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990).
•    Instilling among children a sense of responsibility to translate the awareness of their rights into action.
•    Developing an understanding and sensitivity on the issues of children especially those in difficult situations.
•    Work towards integrating children’s rights into the core curriculum of school education.
•    Working with the education system to include in it equity oriented perspective especially with respect to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) and related responsibilities, through a process of empowering teachers and the community.

How you can help?

You can volunteer by organising events, activities, exhibition, camp for rural children at meljol.
Meljol organises bal Anand mela in Mumbai. Bal anand mela is organised for these children to take the opportunity to come together, talk, sing, dance and have fun while they learn. here children from places like kerala, Orissa and Maharashtra come to participate.

You can set up stalls teaching the children important things.

Examples of some stalls are:-

Mock bank to teach the children the value of money and the importance of saving.

Another stall can be set up by called ‘1,2,3 smile please’, which is to familiarize the children with Photography.

Music stall, puppet show and a poetry -writing stall can also be organized.

Meljol needs young volunteers to help and interact with children. Gather a few friends of yours and make a day trip any rural school that is associated with meljol to teach the children various skills and arts like paintings, drawings, singing and dancing.

You can plan a visit for a group of children to an interesting place like a bank or museum so that the children can enjoy a fun filled learning experience. (visits to the reserve bank of India and monotery museam have been successful).
Aavishkar is an annual event conducted by Meljol for students of colleges from rural thane. One can volunteer and help in the stalls put up by different organisation at this event. You can teach them simple things like english alphabets and easy math sums to help in enriching their field of education.

Postal and Courier Address is

Room No 47, 2nd Floor,
Gilder Lane Municipal School,
Off Belassis Bridge,
Mumbai Central
Mumbai : 400 008
Tel no. +91 022 2308 1050/23006428


2nd Floor, Santosh Bhuvan
Old Mumbai-Pune Road, Kalwa (West), Thane-400 601
Tel. No.: 022- 25390470