East Asian countries have made remarkable progress and good performance in achieving an inclusive, equitable and quality education in the past decades. Nevertheless, education in rural areas of East Asia are still facing unprecedented educational challenges caused by many social issues, such as migration, unemployment, low birth rate, and efficiency-driven education policies. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic brought more difficulties and uncertainties for resilient, inclusive, and quality rural education in East Asia. With unprecedented social changes and uncertainties towards 2030 agenda for sustainable development, it is a good timing to share among the countries in East Asia what we have done to improve rural education and discuss and assess innovative strategies and policies to enhance the quality of rural education towards a shared future. The UN 2030 agenda is built on key pillars such as people, prosperity, planet, and strategic partnership to ensure that no-one is left behind. The SDG4 pillars are access, equity, inclusion, quality and lifelong learning must be aligned with the theme of the seminar to reflect on the small schools in rural areas. This webinar provides three country case studies of policies and practices of small rural schools in China, Korea, and Japan.