At Smith’s school of English we work to support shared responsibility within the household. As regards Sustainability Development Goals I imagine we would class this as supporting SDG 5.4. What comes next is my account of what this means in our daily lives.
My wife and I both work. Me at Smith’s School Of English in Hirakata and she in the city. Our schedules are quite different, so we help out where we can. In other words, ours is a shared responsibility within the household. We love to live our lives in this manner but at times we need help.
Our son has a talent for swimming and goes to the local pool 5 times a week. Taking him there and back is challenging.
Yesterday however, we ran into some trouble. I dropped my son off at swimming and my wife was going to pick him up. That was the plan, but at 6:15 I got a message from my wife that the train was stopped, stranding her in Osaka. I had classes from 6-10 meaning I couldn’t pick him up either.
I quickly called Smith’s office and explained the situation. They completely understood and called the next student to ask her to reschedule. 20 minutes later I got an email telling me that Smith’s office had been able to get in touch with the student & I could go and pick up my son.
I dashed to his swimming school, picked him up and took him out for dinner. My wife arrived at 7:45. Tag begins. She was in, and I could then head back to work to finish the evening classes.
Quick thinking and great support by the Smith’s office allowed me to take care of my son and help out my family when it was needed most.
It doesn’t often happen, but I’m glad to know Smith’s has got my back.
Adrian, Smith’s School of English Hirakata. http://smithweb.co.jp/hirakata/