The political sovereignty of a state is subject to respect of human rights and adherence to the principles of the rule of law.

Experience shows that evicting tyrants from power without equipping citizens with the knowledge the skills and understanding they need to empower themselves, exercise and defend their democratic rights and responsibilities, value differences, and play an active part in democratic life, is counterproductive. When people see themselves as victims of an oppressive regime, formal education without active citizenship and international solidarity will not sustain democracy. The persistence of discrimination and political and human rights violations in Africa is grounds for willing and able citizens to set up democratic citizenship and human rights training programs across the continent. The emphasis in education on various aspects of human dignity and equality will instill the values and knowledge citizens need to become active participants in the democratic and political process.