It is the first stage of formal education. It consists of an Elementary Preparatory Grade, Elementary Grade 1 and Elementary Grade 2 in the language of the childs community. These three years of education prepare a child for entry into primary school at Grade 3.
In these three years of elementary education, children develop a basis of sound literacy and numeracy skills with family and community values including discipline, personal healthcare and respect for others. The government's goal is that every six year old child enters the elementary Preparatory Grade by 2012 and completes three years of basic relevant education.