Students from the elementary school where U.S. President Barack Obama once studied pose in front of the young Obama bronze statue in Menteng Park of Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Dec. 10, 2009. The two-meter-tall statue featuring U.S. President Barack Obama when he was 10 years old was unveiled here on Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)
JAKARTA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- A statue depicting young figure of the United States President Barrack Obama would be inaugurated in Obama's former neighborhood in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta, the group called "Friends of Obama" said on Tuesday.
The construction of the statue was initiated by "Friends of Obama", a non-government organization. The statue is erected at a corner of a playground at Menteng Dalam, a suburb area in Jakarta.
The group said in a statement that the 2-meter high statue depicts Obama when he was at the age of 10 years old. At that age Obama studied in an elementary school in the neighborhood when he was under the custody of his mother, Ann-Dunham, who married to an Indonesian, Lolo Soetoro.
"The statue is designed to inspire Indonesian children that they can be anyone they want to be," Ron Muller, the organization's chairman was quoted as saying in the statement.
The statue is expected to be inaugurated on Dec. 10, to be attended by Jakarta governor, U.S. ambassador to Indonesia and hundreds of children who studied in Obama's former elementary school, SD Menteng 01 Besuki.
Barack Obama stayed in Menteng Dalam, Jakarta neighborhood from1967 to 1971, at the ages of six to ten, before he returned to the place where he was born, Hawaii, the United States.
Obama is scheduled to visit Jakarta sometime next year.
A bronze statue of U.S. President Barack Obama as a boy is unveiled at Menteng Park in Jakarta December 10, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)