|Author(s)||Lobanova-Shunina, T. & Shunin, Y.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World|
Knowing how to live together healthily, safely, and humanely in society is certainly a worthwhile cause. It is also a real challenge for those who educate young citizens of today. This paper outlines how nanotechnology education can be considered a fundamental discipline of the 21st century educational systems for supporting the development of responsible citizenship, since it touches the most significant areas of the wellbeing of every citizen – health, safety and security, and the environment – which occupy a privileged position in all cultures and all considerations. Citizenship education does not rest on acquisition of explicitly theoretical knowledge. Rather, it targets the development of civic behaviour in all inhabitants of a given territory (one they identify with) and ultimately throughout the entire world. Keywords: nanoeducation, nanothinking, nanomanagement, citizenship education.