From this Saturday, 42 nursing students of the haute école Louvain-Limbourg (UCLL – University College Louvain-Linburg) will carry out the vaccination of some 700 asylum seekers living in Houthalen-centrum – the centre of Houthalen-Helchteren (Limburg). At the request of the the centre of Houthalen-Helchteren), a third nursing students based in Genk will carry out the vaccination of residents over seven Saturdays. The first vaccination campaign begins next Saturday. The objective of the 42 students is to vaccinate 700 asylum seekers
The University College encourages students to participate in this campaign so as to get to grips with the refugee issue. “This is an experience which will give them a broader view of society and allow them to confront the issues of diversity and what it means to live in harmony together,” says Jan Jacobs, a lecturer at UCLL.
The students are showing great enthusiasm for this. “This is a learning experience for us,” affirms Johan Robijns a third year student. “It is an opportunity to throw ourselves into our community’s diversity.”
The students from the Haute École (UCLL) are also involved in helping refugees in other spheres. Thus, 240 student teachers have been involved in helping with the integration of children in asylum seeker centres in Houthalen, Heusden-Zolder, Overpelt, Lanaken and Saint-Trond.