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CT expands use of baby simulators

The city will acquire 32 baby simulators as part of its Soft Skills Programme for school learners.

FILE: The city will acquire 32 baby simulators as part of its Soft Skills Programme for school learners.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is expanding the use of baby simulators as part of its substance abuse prevention programme.

The municipality's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate will acquire 32 baby simulators as part of its Soft Skills Programme for school learners.

The pilot project was established earlier this year to teach pupils about the effects of substance and alcohol abuse on babies and also exposes them to the realities of child care.

The directorate's Suzette Little says, "These are crucial learning tools that help drive home some very hard truths to learners. I believe that it will be a worthwhile investment. It's heart-breaking to hear some of the stories and to realise the emotional and psychological deficits that some of the children are dealing with."