The Québec Education Program states that “one aim of a competency- based program is to ensure that students’ learnings serve as tools for both action and thought . . .” (Pre-School and Elementary, Section 1.4). The Secondary versions of the QEP use the word “empowerment.” GOAL helps students to understand who they are, where they want to go in life, what knowledge and skills they need to get there and what resources they can draw on. Those are all elements that empower young people to make effective choices. And the more effective the choice, the more likely they are to take their place as responsible members of society.